German bishop dismisses Vatican concerns over a permanent synodal council | Catholic News Agency

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IMG 3469Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference in St. Peter’s Square, June 27, 2020. | Deutsche Bischofskonferenz/Matthias Kopp.

By AC Wimmer

CNA Newsroom, Jan 23, 2023 / 15:45 pm

On Monday, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference said he welcomed a new letter from the Vatican detailing concerns about the push for a permanent synodal council — a new controlling body of the Church in Germany.

In a statement published on Jan. 23, Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg said the German diocesan bishops had discussed the letter and would seek to discuss the matter further “in the near future.”

At the same time, Bätzing dismissed concerns that a German synodal council would have authority over the bishops’ conference and undermine the authority of individual bishops as “unfounded.” 

As CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner, reported, these concerns were addressed in the latest letter from the Vatican because five German bishops asked Rome to do so. 

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German bishop dismisses Vatican concerns over a permanent synodal council | Catholic News Agency

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