To my surprise, my story of the materially wealthy, spiritually poor Church in Germany even made it onto the front page of the latest edition of the esteemed Catholic Herald. Hope it helps to raise awareness of the issue: The need for a new ‘reformation’ of Catholicism in Germany. The first Catholic Reformation was the Counter-Reformation of course, and thanks to the Jesuits and a number of bright minds and prayerful souls, they achieved exactly the kind of things the Church in Germany once again desperately needs.
Here is a quick excerpt.
The German Church is wealthy but in dramatic decline. Only a new ‘Reformation’ can save it
(…) When the Church’s current reality – spiritually impoverished and in decline, yet rich in material means – is actually discussed, two suggestions are brought forward. Some propose that the Church tax should be abolished. They seem to assume that if money will not solve the problem, then the absence of it will. (Though there is some merit to the idea, it is rarely thought through). The other response is an appeal for more heterodoxy. (…)
Instead of these debates and demands, [Bishop Rudolf] Voderholzer proposed something different entirely. On the anniversary of a schism that is commonly called “reformation”, the bishop reminded his flock of a different meaning, which is the only way forward for the German Church.