Documents

You can find all available texts and documents of the Synodal Path in English on this website, e.g. the statues and rules of the Synodal Path in general and some texts of the Second and the Third Synodal Assembly.

Texts of the Forth Synodal Assembly of the Synodal Path

Here we offer all texts of the Forth Synodal Assembly available in English. The Forth Synodal Assembly of the Synodal Path takes place from September 5th to 10th, 2022.

Programme of the Forth Synodal Assembly


Synodal Forum I “Power and separation of powers in the Church – Joint participation and involvement in the mission”

First Reading – implementation text “Fundamental rights of the faithful in the Church”

Second Reading – implementation text “Joint consultation and decision-making”

Second Reading – implementation text “Sustainable strengthening of Synodality: A Synodal Council for the Catholic Church in Germany”


Synodal Forum II “Priestly existence today”

First Reading – implementation text “Breaking with taboos and normalisation – votes on the situation of non-heterosexual priests”

Second Reading – foundational text “Priestly existence today”

Second Reading – implementation text “Celibacy of priests – encouragement and opening”


Synodal Forum III “Women in ministries and offices in the Church”

First Reading – implementation text “Measures against abuse of women in the Church”

Second Reading – foundational text “Women in ministries and offices in the Church”

Second Reading – implementation text “Presence and Leadership – Women in the Church and in theology”


Synodal Forum IV “Life in succeeding relationships - Living love in sexuality and partnership”

Second Reading – foundational text “Life in succeeding relationships – The principles of renewed sexual ethics”

Second Reading – implementation text “Basic Order of Church Service”

Second Reading – implementation text “A re-evaluation of homosexuality in the Magisterium”

Second Reading – implementation text “Dealing with gender diversity”
 

Texts of the Third Synodal Assembly of the Synodal Path

Here we offer all texts of the Third Synodal Assembly available in English. The Second Synodal Assembly of the Synodal Path takes place from February 3rd to 5th, 2022.

Texts of the Second Synodal Assembly of the Synodal Path

Here we offer all draft texts of the Second Synodal Assembly available in Englisch.

The Second Synodal Assembly of the Synodal Path took place from September 30th to October 2nd, 2021. For the first time, the members discussed and voted on texts in the First Reading. The Synodal Commitee has submitted a preamble text and an orientation text with hermeneutical principles. The four Synodal Forums submitted a total of three basic texts and eleven action texts. All current available files are draft files.

First Reading – orientation text
 

Synodal Forum I “Power and separation of powers in the Church – Joint participation and involvement in the mission”

Synodal Forum II “Priestly existence today”

First Reading – basic text
 

Synodal Forum III “Women in ministries and offices in the Church”

Synodal Forum IV “Life in succeeding relationships – Living love in sexuality and partnership”

First Reading – basic text
 

Documents in general

Downloads & Infos
  • Statement by the Presidents of the Synodal Path
    on the statement presented by the Holy See - Bonn, 21 July 2022
  • Rules of Procedure of the Synodal Path
    Adopted by Resolution of the Synodal Assembly on 31 January 2020
  • Statutes of the Synodal Path
    Read more about how the Synodal Path is organised.
  • Transparency and responsibility
    A statement of the Synodal Committee: Resolute action against sexual abuse and violence in the Church - Bonn, 4 February 2021
  • Minutes
    of the First Synodal Assembly 30 January -1 February 2020, Frankfurt
  • FAQ
    Get more answers in our Frequently Asked Questions (English)
  • Letter of Cardinal Marx and Prof. Dr Sternberg
    The President of the German Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, and the President of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), Prof. Dr Thomas Sternberg, wrote a letter to the faithful in Germany on 1 December 2019 (published 27/11/2019).

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