A German cardinal warned that the number of Catholics leaving his country's church is "alarmingly high" and urged an end to "scandals and vexations" involving clergy.
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Retired German Cardinal Walter Kasper, a theologian who has been searching for a new pastoral approach to divorced and remarried Catholics for more than 20 years, was scheduled to address the Feb. 20-21 meeting of the College of Cardinals in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on the family.
Pope Francis has said that the situation of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics will be one of the key topics of discussion at the extraordinary synod he has scheduled for Oct. 5-19.
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Reports from bishops' conferences in Germany and Switzerland show a divergence between what the church teaches on marriage, sexuality and family life and what Catholics personally believe.
Officials in Germany defended the plans to allow some divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion, saying they have the pope's endorsement.