Cardinal Marx: ‘Global, Synodal Church’ Without ‘Purely Clerical Rule’ Is ‘In The Making’

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has said a “global, synodal Church” without a “purely clerical rule” is “in the making.”

In an essay for the German magazine Herder Korrespondenz entitled “Church on the horizon of modernity,” the German cardinal, who rejects Catholic teaching on various subjects, claimed that “a church of the future can only be imagined with greater participation of all, with greater clarification of responsibilities, with better, more transparent communication from top to bottom and from bottom to top, a global, synodal church that is in the making.”

Marx wrote, “A purely clerical rule, as can. 129 CIC suggests, will probably not be possible […]” suggesting that laypeople could take on the role of priests and bishops.

Canon 129 §1 of the Code of Canon Law states that “Those who have received sacred orders are qualified, according to the norm of the prescripts of the law, for the power of governance, which exists in the Church by divine institution and is also called the power of jurisdiction,” echoing Catholic teaching.

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