Saint Gaspar Bertoni by Ermes Dovico

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Benedict XVI shows the Church the way (not just in Germany)
THE POPE EMERITUS SPEAKS OUT AGAIN

Benedict XVI shows the Church the way (not just in Germany)

In an interview with the periodical Herder Korrespondenz, Benedict XVI highlights the growing distance between the authentic ecclesial mission and the “institutional Church”, made up of bureaucracy and documents without “the heart and the spirit”. A situation that does not only concern the Church in Germany, but is more general and feeds “the exodus from the world of faith”. Recalling his precious year as chaplain in Bogenhausen, Ratzinger reminds us that God alone is the answer against totalitarianism, past and present.


Floods in Germany, not an unprecedented tragedy
REALITY VS NARRATIVE

Floods in Germany, not an unprecedented tragedy

Although the usual narrative of blaming global warming for out-of-control weather events has started, the rainfall that caused the flooding in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands is far from new and is also typical of the summer period. And by chasing the myth of climate change, the works required to minimise damage are neglected.


Merkel's deputy entrusts Islamic education to Erdogan
SCANDAL IN GERMANY

Merkel's deputy entrusts Islamic education to Erdogan

Armin Laschet, Angela Merkel's possible successor, has decided to entrust the Turkish-German association Ditib with authoring school textbooks as well as the management of Islamic religious education in schools. Ditib is a veritable Turkish government association. Will new generations of German Muslims place their trust in Erdogan?


Bishop Ipolt: some German clergy are confused
GERMANY

Bishop Ipolt: some German clergy are confused

"In Germany the entire Christian anthropology is on the brink. It is regrettable that St. John Paul II's  theology of the body of is hardly known in Germany. We also need a new language and a new profile for our ethical positions in order to guide people and save them from confusion." This is what Wolfgang Ipolt, the Bishop of Görlitz has to say.


Germany set for a soft schism. While the Pope watches
ANALYSIS

Germany set for a soft schism. While the Pope watches

The 10th of May has arrived, tension has already mounted around the dreaded German schism, and appeals to Rome to intervene and curb the schismatic drift have multiplied. But the notion of schism today is not really clear because of the role of the Pope, the doctrinal competence of the Bishops' Conferences and the widespread crypto-schismatic situation. The feeling is that nothing will happen, misunderstandings will continue and schismatic practices will be implemented. Just like a crime with no culprits.