Synodal Quotes – A Transparency Offensive by the Initiative of the Catholic Laity Neuer Anfang (New Beginning)
Facing the debates and papers on the so-called German „Synodal Path“, there is great concern among Catholics, not only in Germany, that a fragmentation or even a schism of the Catholic Church in Germany from the universal Church is taking place.
Moreover, the German debate will not remain without effects on the universal Church and will flow into the deliberations of the worldwide synodal process initiated by Pope Francis. This makes it all the more important that everyone knows what is actually being voted on in Germany. Numerous concerned letters and warnings from bishops and cardinals to the confreres in Germany, but also from Rome and Pope Francis himself, already testify to the growing concern. Mostly, they have not received answers or only euphemistic and appeasing words.
Indeed, many bishops and officials like to quieten suspicions in the media: After all, they are all just „suggestions“; it is an „open process“ and a „dialogue;“ the Pope, of course, has the last word; it is not about wanting to separate oneself from the universal Church.
However, most bishops agreed with texts that undermine the magisterium of the Church and the episcopal power and destroy the Church’s continuous teaching on Christian anthropology („created as man and woman“), love, marriage, and sexuality.
Moreover, the Committee even announced that it did not want to respect the voting result rejecting the foundational text on Forum IV, „Life in successful relationships.“ After the paper, which scandalously raises homosexual and bisexual practice moral-theologically to the rank of a norm variant of human sexuality, was brought down by 21 courageous bishops in the vote, several bishops declared – contrary to any synodality and also against any understanding of democracy – they would nevertheless continue to orient themselves in their dioceses to the rejected proposal.
Bishop Georg Bätzing single-handedly announced that he would nevertheless introduce the text into the worldwide synodal process and submit it during the ad-limina visit of the German bishops in Rome.
We ask: What is the point of debates and votes on the Synodal Path if every „unwanted“ result is ignored – even by the president of the German Bishops‘ Conference?
Very few Catholics in Germany, let alone worldwide, have worked their way through the piles of paper presented and decided in the name of a much-quoted „reform“ and under the pretext of pursuing the reappraisal of the abuse scandal. Although the desires of „the faithful“ and their wishes for reforms are allegedly discussed there, very few Catholics participate in this debate, which is mainly pushed forward by Church officials. Quite a few Catholics in Germany also consciously turn away because they want nothing to do with it and are not heard anyway.
At the same time, there is disagreement in the media and public discourse – also and especially among theologians – about the question of what is being decided at the Synodal Path. Whether this is still compatible with Catholic doctrine or whether the supposed reform project „Synodal Path“ maneuvers the German Church into a schism.
Transparency by original quotations
As an initiative of the Catholic laity, we have decided to bring light into the darkness of the countless foundational and implementation texts. We have written a compilation of the essential topics and quotations from the orientation text and all four forums of the Synodal Path for you and all interested parties. Everything has been translated into several languages. (Spanish, English, Italian). You will find the texts below under this link in the respective languages available for download. We let the texts speak for themselves, which brings more clarity and transparency than the media interpretations that circulate and are widely disseminated. Just read for yourself what is really decided on the German Synodal Path!
Dear Bishops and Cardinals, we ask you: Read the summaries of the original quotations from the decisions of the German Synodal Path and, if you consider it necessary, give your view on it. As Catholic laity in Germany, we want to preserve the unity of the universal Church and ask for your prayers and support.
Your initiative „Neuer Anfang“ (New Beginning) from Germany.
Below you will find the 5 documents each as full text expandable on the homepage and as PDF download under the links. Yes, you are welcome and encouraged to share it!