The Protestant Pastor of the German church where Martin Luther preached and is known as the “mother church of the Reformation” has warned that the German Church’s Synodal Path is “the wrong path” that is “forcing the Protestantization of the Catholic Church.”
In a letter sent over Easter to the German monthly Vatican Magazin, Lutheran Rev. Alexander Garth of St. Mary’s church in Wittenberg said he was observing “with concern” both the Synodal Path and Maria 2.0, a movement with similar goals.
“The democratizing of a national church always means that a populist, minimal Christianity becomes the ecclesial standard leading to the entire church being banalized and the gospel diluted,” he wrote.
Such “reformers” in the Catholic Church, Rev. Garth believes, should become Protestant as in the Protestant churches “you will find everything you are fighting for: woman priests, a synodal constitution, married pastors, feminism.”
But he warned that “the spiritual and physical state of the Protestant Church is much worse, and the repercussions of secularization still more devastating, than in the Catholic Church.”
The Catholic Church in Germany is over halfway through its highly controversial two-year Synodal Path that is expected to end in February 2022.
Its proponents, who include most of Germany’s bishops, see it as a necessary road to reforming the Church after the sexual abuse crisis. But the path’s critics say it threatens to undermine the Church’s hierarchical structure, authority and moral teaching, leading to possible schism.
Maria 2.0, a German women’s lay movement founded in 2019 in response to the sexual abuse crisis, aims to root out what its members view as sexism in the Church and, like aspects of the Synodal Path, advocates for women’s ordination and an end to priestly celibacy. Its two founders formally left the Catholic Church last month.
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