Why am I not surprised that the new reform in the Catholic Church will start yet again in Germany. Pope Francis shook the world almost a year ago with his “who am I to judge?” He spoke as a true disciple of Christ! Today, his words are translated by actions, actions of wisdom, tolerance, openness, compassion, evolution and above all reform. Meet Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin, recently appointed to Germany’s largest archdiocese: Cologne.
As we approach the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ famous “Who am I to judge?” remark, we are looking to see what signs of change there might be in the rest of the church. Yesterday, we looked at how some U.S. bishops have not been following Francis’ lead. Today we look at how Francis has made an epsicopal change which is more in line with his apparent new outreach model.
Pope Francis’ welcoming tone has ignited hope for change in the Church, but many observers believe it will be be his episcopal appointments, and not any words or acts, that will leave the most lasting impression. One recent appointment is being celebrated as a sign that bishops more in line with Pope Francis are entering the hierarchy.
Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin is being moved to Germany’s largest and wealthiest archdiocese, Cologne. Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper said of this development:
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