Closing of Catholic Bishops of Germany Fall Plenary Assembly, which Focused on the Ongoing Synodal Path
Press report from Bishop Dr. Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German Bishops' Conference:
The autumn general assembly of the German Bishops' Conference comes to an end today (September 23, 2021). Due to the corona, the bishops meet again in the Fulda City Palace.
The main topics of the deliberations were the progress of the Synodal Path with a view to the second Synodal Assembly in Frankfurt am Main from September 30 to October 2, 2021 as well as the preparations for the Synod of Bishops in Rome, which will begin in a worldwide process on October 9, 2021. Once again, current questions and issues from the study “Sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, deacons and male religious in the area of the German Bishops' Conference” (MHG study) were discussed in the subject area “Clarification and processing”. Another focus was the election of the members, the chairmen and deputy chairmen as well as the advisors of the 14 commissions of the German Bishops' Conference as well as the sub-commissions. In addition, the General Assembly dealt with a revision of the guidelines for youth pastoral care.
We document the press report for the autumn general assembly of the German Bishops' Conference, which the chairman, Bishop Dr. Georg Bätzing, presented at the final press conference on September 23, 2021, as well as Annexes 1 (impulse from Bishop Dr. Peter Kohlgraf during the semester “Synodality and Synodal Path - Aspects and Perspectives”) and 2 (members and chairmen of the episcopal sub-commissions) to the press report .