Pope Francis receives the bishops of the German Bishops’ Conference today on the occasion of his ad limina visit to the Vatican.
As the bishops said in a press release collected by CNA Deutsche, the German agency of the ACI group, during their meeting with the Pope. Discusses aspects of the synodal path of the Church in Germany and the Ecumenical Synod process.
The two-hour meeting included an open round of dialogue, where bishops were able to put their questions to Pope Francis, who answered them in person.
The content of the talks included reflections on pastoral care in our time, “self-understanding” of priestly and episcopal ministry, The commitment of lay people in the Church and the challenge of evangelistic success in the context of a secular world.
In addition, the bishops were able to report on their experiences in the archdiocese and in global ecclesiastical fellowship.
Political responsibility, the question of social unity and a perspective of peace in the face of global and regional conflicts These were also discussed during the meeting.
All these issues will be discussed in more depth tomorrow, Friday, 18 November, at the meeting of the bishops with the heads of the various Vatican departments.
Visit Ad Limina
The 63 German bishops are in Rome this week for their Ad Limina visit, which ends on 18 November. In addition, on Saturday, 19 November, the Bishops will hold a press conference where they will present the findings of these meetings.
It should be noted that all diocesan bishops in the world He must visit “ad limina apostolorum” to report on the state of his diocese.
German bishop visits Amidst controversies and concerns about his synodal path.
In an interview posted on his diocesan website before the visit, Messanger Georg Batzing, president of the German Bishops’ Conference, said he believed “it was not a coincidence that we bishops were invited to Rome. “
The German bishop said that “there was a lot of misunderstanding about our process in Rome.”
“So I’m very grateful that we’ve had a lot of time to talk about this together. It’s a real opportunity,” he said.
Controversial Synodal Path
Synod way is one The controversial multi-year process that began in December 2019 and in which Germany’s bishops and laity participate to discuss issues such as “power”, sexual morality, the priesthood and the role of women in the Church, issues which they have expressed publicly and on various occasions, Position Catholic Contrary to theory.
Participants in this “Synodal Path” have voted in favor of draft documents that call for changes to the Church’s teaching on women’s ordination, same-sex blessings and homosexual acts. which has provoked accusations of heresy and fear of schism.