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Cardinal Marx goes to the Council of Cardinals in Rome amid the confrontation between the Vatican and the German Church

September 18, 2019


The Metropolitan Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, is in Rome to participate in the meeting of the Cardinal Council that helps the Pope in the reform of the Curia and has focused on the drafting of the new Apostolic Constitution, whose provisional title it is “Praedicate evangelium” (Preach the Gospel).

Marx is also the president of the Episcopal Conference of Germany, the body that has decided to move forward with a process of confrontation in the German Church to debate without the consent of the Vatican on issues such as the separation of powers in the Church, the priestly life, women's access to various functions in the Church; and sexual morale.

“We hope that the results of forming an opinion in our country will also be an aid to the guidance of the universal Church and to other episcopal conferences on a case-by-case basis. In any case, I cannot see why the matters on which the teaching has done determinations must be removed from the debate as his writing suggests, “Cardinal Marx wrote in a letter sent on September 12 to the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops in the Vatican, Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

“Countless believers in Germany consider (these issues) to be debated,” the cardinal added.

However, in a recent letter sent to the bishops of Germany, filtered by some media outlets, the Vatican said that the plans for the controversial “synodal process” in the Church in the European country “are not ecclesiologically valid.”

The plans for the synodal process were announced in March this year by the president of the German Episcopate and Archbishop of Munich, Cardinal Reinhard Marx. The German Church plans to discuss these issues between September 23 and 26.