The document names the 'priestly ordination reserved for men' as an issue that cannot be changed, citing John Paul II's Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, which states 'that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful.'
According to the German Bishops’ Conference's annual statistical report, a record 522,821 Germans left the Catholic Church in 2022, reducing the overall Catholic population to under 25 percent of the nation.
'Christ did not come to explain away and minimize sin by appealing to God's love, but to draw its deadly sting from our mortal being and to enable us to live ‘in true righteousness and holiness’ following Christ.'
Mathias von Gersdorff, head of the German office of the traditional Catholic organization TFP, wrote on Twitter that '(Bishop Georg) Bätzing breaks definitively with Catholic morals and FORCES also pastors, diocesan institutions to do it.'
Proponents of the German 'Synodal Way' are 'propagandists of a secularized church that has distanced itself from Christ, who want to cast out the violations of the natural and revealed anthropology and sexual morality by destroying it,' writes Cardinal Müller.