Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin Sends a Warning Letter to German Bishops that Ordination is for Men and the Church's Teaching on Homosexuality are Non-Negotiable

Vatican wants to stop debates on female ordination and homosexuality report: The Vatican wants to stop reform efforts by the Catholic Church in Germany: In an official note, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin informed the German bishops which topics were non-negotiable.
Rome puts up a warning sign and wants to stop German reform efforts. Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin has informed the German bishops in an official note that ordination reserved for men and the Church's teaching on homosexuality are non-negotiable, reports the Catholic weekly newspaper "Die Tagespost" (Friday). The press spokesman for the German Bishops' Conference (DBK), Matthias Kopp, confirmed that the bishops had received the letter from their Permanent Council at the beginning of the week.
In the letter dated October 25, addressed to the Secretary General of the Bishops' Conference, Beate Gilles, from which the newspaper quotes, Parolin draws red lines for future rounds of dialogue with the German bishops. Among other things, he emphasizes that the Vatican has no intention of negotiating the Church's teaching on homosexuality or the letter " Ordinatio Sacerdotalis ", with which Pope John Paul II confirmed the exclusion of women from priestly ordination in 1994.
Talks between Germany and Rome
In July, several heads of the highest Vatican authorities (dicasteries) met for the first time with representatives of the German bishops to discuss the synodal path . In October, the German participants in the World Synod - Bishop Georg Bätzing, Bishop Felix Genn, Bishop Bertram Meier, Bishop Stefan Oster, Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck - and Gilles had another conversation with several dicastery leaders. These discussions are expected to continue next year.
The heads of the dicasteries for the doctrine of the faith, for promoting Christian unity, for the bishops, for worship and the sacramental order as well as for the legal texts want to meet representatives of the German bishops in January, April and June 2024 and discuss what is happening in doctrine and discipline of the church is unchangeable and what can be changed. The aim is to cover topics such as the doctrine of the Church, the image of humanity, morality and liturgy and the relevant texts of the Synodal Way.
At the same time, the letter from Rome emphasizes that a synodal path is currently being taken at the level of the universal Church: "It is therefore necessary to respect this path of the universal Church and to avoid the impression that parallel initiatives are underway that are aimed at achieving a “We are indifferent to being on the road together.” (KNA)
November 24th, 12:40 p.m.: Bishops' Conference has confirmed letter.
Source: German Catholic Bishops' - is the news and explanation portal of the Catholic Church in Germany