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Pope Francis said Canon Law does not provide for nationwide policies, as the German bishops had wanted

The Pope has rejected the German bishops’ attempted reform. Where does that leave ecumenical dialogue?

A leaked letter said the document ‘raises a series of problems of considerable importance’

The cardinal used Cologne’s Corpus Christi procession to give a robust defence of traditional teaching on Communion

The Cardinal was responding to German politician Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who called for female ordination

His comments come as debate over Communion for Protestants intensifies

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, regarded as a likely successor to Angela Merkel, accepted it would be an ‘immense break’ with tradition

The Dutch cardinal said the Pope should have clearly rejected proposals to allow Protestants to receive Communion

The Vatican has failed to come down clearly on either side of the German intercommunion debate

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