Bishops Warn that Germany’s Synodal Path Could Lead to Schism

From CNA by Staff

More than 70 bishops from around the world have released a “fraternal open letter” to Germany’s bishops warning that sweeping changes to Church teaching advocated by the ongoing process known as the Synodal Path could lead to schism.

Synodal Path Could Lead to Schism
‘Synodal Way’ flags fly in front of the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt in Germany. (photo: Max von Lachner / Synodal Way)

The letter expresses “our growing concern about the nature of the entire German ‘Synodal Path,’” which the signatories say has led to confusion about Church teaching and appears focused more on man‘s will than God’s.

“Failing to listen to the Holy Spirit and the Gospel, the Synodal Path’s actions undermine the credibility of Church authority, including that of Pope Francis; Christian anthropology and sexual morality; and the reliability of Scripture,” the letter states.

“While they display a patina of religious ideas and vocabulary, the German Synodal Path documents seem largely inspired not by Scripture and Tradition — which, for the Second Vatican Council, are ‘a single sacred deposit of the Word of God’ — but by sociological analysis and contemporary political, including gender, ideologies,” the letter continues.

“They look at the Church and her mission through the lens of the world rather than through the lens of the truths revealed in Scripture and the Church’s authoritative Tradition.”

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