Cologne Cardinal Reinhard Maria Woelki contradicted Munich Cardinal Marx's assertion that the discussion about female ordination is "not closed."
Woelki explained to Cicero.de (30 October): "This discussion is over" and "definitely over." He called statements to the contrary "tricks" which nourish a deceptive hope, and produce frustrations and divisions.
Woelki further fears that the German “Synodal Way” may establish a "Protestant church parliament.” He insists that the bishop must retain his decision power: “The Synodal Way threatens to marginalise the magisterium and the bishops."
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