Bishop Bätzing's 2022 Lenten Messages to the Faithful
Thoughts on the Season and on the State of the Church
Bishop Georg Bätzing has addressed two letters to Catholics in the Diocese of Limburg to mark the start of Lent 2022. His more standard Pastoral Letter is a meditation on the implications for the church of today's societal changes; a supplementary Note -- which he asked all pastors in the diocese to read aloud at Mass on the First Sunday of Lent -- spells out his concerns about the crisis of faith that a range of scandals has prompted for believers.
Both documents are available below in their original German versions and in abridged English translations in both text and video.
- “Times Are Changing”
English version of Bishop Bätzing's 2022 Lenten Pastoral Letter
- Finding Courage in Difficult Times
English version of supplemental Lenten Note to the Faithful from Bishop Bätzing