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German prelates and others attend the third Synodal Way assembly in Frankfurt in February (CNS/KNA/Julia Steinbrecht)

Cardinal Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, says the German way forward on its “synodal path” is a failure. Source: The Tablet.

In an interview with the International Catholic Review Communio on the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Cardinal Kasper said the Church would only have a future if it continued on the path taken by the Second Vatican Council in synodal fellowship – a path that the German synodal path “had failed to take”.

“The Church only has a future if it continues on the path that the Council set out on – not in a bookkeeping way – but in creative loyalty and synodal fellowship by listening to God’s Word and to one another together. In my and other people’s opinion the German ‘synodal path’ gives the impression that it can and feels it has to discover a new Church and must push through its own agenda”, he explained.

This German way forward had “unfortunately failed”, he said, and added, “that means that I, for my part, put all the more hope in the World Synodal Process that Pope Francis has launched”. The Church must not concentrate only on itself but on the Gospel Message and on the “wounds of the world”, he emphasised.


Kasper says Germany’s synodal path has failed (By Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, The Tablet)