15 June 2023, The Tablet

Why the German church is different

by Ian Cooper

Behind the synodal pathway.

Why the German church is different

Konrad Adenauer with Cardinal Josef Frings.
photo: alamy/keystone press

German Catholic identity, shaped and galvanised by its history, feels itself to be ahead of church teaching. The traumas of the past explain why that feeling need not mean the same as secularisation or Protestantism.
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