Skip to comments.[Cath Cauc] Cardinal Marx Meets With Pope Francis and Cardinal Ouellet About German Synodal Plans
Posted on 09/21/2019 7:50:50 AM PDT by ebb tide
The Sept. 19 meetings followed a public exchange between the German hierarchy and the Vatican over the draft statutes for a Synodal Assembly.
VATICAN CITY Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German Episcopal Conference, has held talks with Pope Francis and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, about the German bishops plans for a binding synodal path.
The meetings, held in Rome Sept. 19, followed a public exchange between the German hierarchy and the Vatican over the draft statutes for a Synodal Assembly to be formed by the bishops in partnership with the Central Committee of German Catholics.
In a media release issued by the German bishops conference on Friday, Cardinal Marx called the meetings constructive but offered no details about any further instructions given by the Pope or the Curia concerning the synodal plans.
In both talks, a constructive dialogue took place, which will feed into the deliberations of the general assembly of the German Episcopal Conference next week. The release noted that Cardinal Marx was in Rome for meetings of the Popes council of cardinal advisers and the Vatican Council for the Economy, both of which Cardinal Marx is a member.
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It is unclear if any changes will be made to that document following the constructive dialogue with the Pope and Cardinal Ouellet. It is also unclear if the alternative statutes for a Francis model of the synodal process will be given new consideration by the bishops, despite their rejection by the executive committee last month.
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