Fr. Gerald E. Murray: Germany’s Schismatic Synodal Way

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*Image: Cardinal Reinhard Marx with members of the Central Committee of German Catholics, Vice President Karin Kortmann and President Thomas Sternberg. [Photo by Julia Steinbrecht, KNA]

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing, Feb. 22, 2021

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D. is a canon lawyer and the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City.

Fr. Gerald E. MurrayAn attempt at what can only be called the self-destruction of the Catholic Church in Germany – and  beyond – is being carried out by the country’s bishops, in tandem with the officially recognized national organization of Catholic laity, the Central Committee of German Catholics. Vaticanist Sandro Magister has called attention to this ongoing scandal of the so-called Synodal Way, citing the recommendations, which are better described as non-negotiable demands, in the recently released Fundamental Text entitled “Power and separation of powers in the Church – Common participation and sharing in the mission”.

The German Synodal Way (Der Synodale Weg) aims at wresting power, authority, and control from the pope and bishops and giving it to radical laity and sympathetic clergy and religious. This will happen via a proposed “synodal forum also in the universal Church, an assembly of the universal Church, a new council, in which believers within and outside of ordained ministry deliberate and decide together on questions of theology and pastoral care as well as on the constitution and structure of the Church.”  …

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