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German Synodal Path leaders ‘astonished’ by caution from Vatican

July 22, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: German Catholic leaders of the “Synodal Path” have said that a rebuke from the Vatican is “a source of astonishment to us.”

Bishop Georg B├Ątzing, the president of the German bishops’ conference; and Irme Stetter-Karp, the president of the Central Committee of German Catholics—the co-sponsors of the Synodal Path—issued a strong statement on July 21, reacting to the Vatican warning that the German initiative could cause a “wound to ecclesial communion” by endorsing changes in Church doctrine and moral teaching.

The German Church leaders said that they had sought to engage in dialogue with the Vatican about their plans. “We regret with irritation that this direct communication has not yet taken place,” they said.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Jul. 23, 2022 9:15 AM ET USA

    Agree with IM4HIM. It's all kabuki theater, while it's apparent that Francis gives the most "progressive" among German bishops green light to do whatever they want.

  • Posted by: IM4HIM - Jul. 22, 2022 12:23 PM ET USA

    While this sounds positive on the surface, I think that this is just posturing by The Vatican and the German Bishops who are in agreement to push their liberal agenda forward.