The German ‘Synodal Way’ is an assembly of laity, academics, clergy and bishops in Germany discussing four topics: power in the Church, the role of women, the priesthood, and sexual morality.

In the past they’ve voted on same-sex blessings and the necessity of the priesthood, backed an initiative demanding change to Church doctrine on sexuality and gender, and making priestly celibacy optional.

Pope Francis has since shared his dramatic concern about the situation unfolding in the Church in Germany.

Now, the Holy See published a statement warning the ‘Synodal Way’ not to fall into schism.

“In order to protect the freedom of the People of God and the exercise of the episcopal ministry, it seems necessary to clarify that the ‘Synodal Path’ in Germany does not have the faculty to oblige bishops and the faithful to assume new forms of governance and new approaches to doctrine and morals.”

The Holy See added that doing so be a “wound to ecclesial communion and a threat to the unity of the Church.”

“The universal Church lives in and of the particular Churches, just as the particular Churches live and flourish in and from the universal Church. If they find themselves separated from the entire ecclesial body, they weaken, rot and die. Hence the need always to ensure that communion with the whole body of the Church.

Therefore, it is hoped that the proposals of then path of the Particular Churches in Germany will converge into the synodal path being taken by the universal Church, for mutual enrichment and a witness to that unity by which the body of the Church manifests its fidelity to Christ the Lord.”

🙏 Pray for the Church in Germany!

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