- Wanted: a shepherd for the Windy City
One of the most important sees in the United States, Chicago, has to be filled, after Cardinal Francis George declared his wish to resign on the grounds of age and ill-health
- Home News
- World News
- Parish Practice
- Letters Extra
- The living Spirit
- Sudanese Christian mother sentenced to hang for apostasy meets Pope in Vatican
- Former ambassador condemns Government’s 'silence' over Islamists' forcing thousands of Christians out of Mosul on foot
- Church puts abuse survivors at heart of safeguarding as report discloses 10 years of data
- Tragic loss of Evangelical bishop and close friend of Pope Francis ahead of meeting in Italy
German bishops faced a demonstration by employees of the church-owned Weltbild publishing house angry about the decision to put the company into liquidation.
“You’re stealing our future!” the employees chanted outside the monastery in Würzburg where a meeting of the permanent council of the German bishops took place on 27 January.
The demonstrators brandished flags saying, “We have lost our faith in the bishops and the bishops no longer believe in Weltbild”.
Bishops of the 12 dioceses responsible for the group filed for bankruptcy when it became evident at the beginning of January that several hundred million euros would be needed to save it. The group employs 6,800 people.
Some employees had travelled by bus 150 miles from the Weltbild headquarters in Augsburg to mount the protest.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Bishop Konrad Zdarsa of Augsburg assured them that the bishops would stand by a pre-Christmas undertaking to provide Weltbild with €65m.
On 24 January, Bishop Zdarsa told domradio.de that he had written to all 27 German diocesan bishops urging further help for Weltbild. He feared that the Church’s reputation would suffer, he said as the bishops were being accused of allowing Weltibld “to slither into insolvency so as to get rid of it”.
Bishop Zdarsa said he would like to see Weltbild reduced to a small Catholic publisher “as then it could be used to disseminate Catholic opinion”. In 2011 the German Church was embarrassed by revelations that Weltbild published material of a pornographic nature.