The bishop of Regensburg, Germany, has once again publicly questioned the synodal process launched by the German bishops. For the prelate, it is neither more nor less a question of aligning the Catholic Church with Protestantism.
Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer does not intend to be dictated to by the president of the German Bishops’ Conference (DBK), Cardinal Reinhardt Marx, who, at the last plenary meeting of the DBK, announced his intention to undertake, “a compelling synodal route for the Church in Germany.”
A “constraining” process, if any since it involves questioning priestly celibacy, the teachings of the Church in matters of morals, and adopting measures limiting ecclesial power.
These are all subjects that illustrate a stated desire to “liberalize sexual morality, recognize homosexual unions, and dilute the authority of the Church in the synod, in order to get closer to and align with the Protestant communities” denounced the bishop of Regensburg in a homily on August 15, 2019 in Rohr Abbey, Bavaria.
For the prelate, a faithful Christian community that “invokes the New Testament” cannot “openly question” certain non-negotiable principles of faith.
Already, on May 11, 2019, Bishop Voderholzer had—in Austria this time—denounced a “synodal process which aims to invent a new Church” and which, according to him, would constitute “a path of destruction.” We cannot say it any better. However, it is important not to neglect the origin of the destruction of the bishops’ power, which began with the Second Vatican Council and its doctrine on collegiality.