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Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops' conference, welcomes Wolfgang Schäuble, president of the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, at the annual St. Michael's reception in Berlin Sept. 27, 2021. In an address at the conference, Bishop Bätzing criticized the Vatican's stance of refusing blessings for same-sex couples and the way it has dealt with German bishops embroiled in covering up sexual abuse in their dioceses. His speech was delivered in the presence of some 200 faith representatives and politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (CNS photo/Fabian Sommer, KNA pool)
Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops' conference, welcomes Wolfgang Schäuble, president of the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, at the annual St. Michael's reception in Berlin Sept. 27, 2021. In an address at the conference, Bish