German bishops © Uwe Zucchi
From Tuesday the bishops meet for their plenary assembly in Fulda. They are discussing reforms in the church, the Corona crisis and coming to terms with the abuse scandal.
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The effects of the Corona pandemic and the further processing of sexual abuse are the focus of the fall plenary meeting of the Catholic German Bishops' Conference.
In addition, the 69 Catholic bishops will meet in Fulda from Tuesday to Thursday to discuss a Roman paper on parish reforms and their course in the reform process of the Synodal Way.
Assembly under Corona security restrictions
It is the first plenary assembly of the bishops under the leadership of their new chairman, Limburg Bishop Georg Batzing. Because of the Corona pandemic, the Bishops' Conference shortens its meeting in Fulda by one day. The meeting will not be held in the seminary next to the cathedral, but in a larger hall in the city palace.
While the meetings in spring take place in different places, in autumn the bishops always meet in Fulda, where the tomb of St. Boniface is located, who is also called the apostle of the Germans.