Cologne Cardinal Contradicts Powerful Cardinal Marx

Cologne Cardinal Reinhard Maria Woelki contradicted Munich Cardinal Marx's assertion that the discussion about female ordination is "not closed."

Woelki explained to (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."