Cardinal Reinhard Marx, 66, announced that at the full plenary session of the German bishops’ conference in early March, he will not be a candidate for another term as president.
‘My consideration is that at the end of a possible second term of office I would be 72 years old, and then I would also be approaching the end of my duties as archbishop of Munich and Freising,’ Marx said in his letter to the members of the German bishops’ conference. His remarks were reported by the German Catholic news agency KNA.
‘I find it is now the turn of the younger generation,’ added Cardinal Marx, a member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals.
The German bishops are due to hold their next regularly scheduled elections at the spring full assembly in early March in Mainz. Cardinal Marx said he made his decision not to stand for re-election a long time ago, but it surprised many on 11th February, KNA reported.
‘Naturally I will continue to work actively with the bishops’ conference, and I will especially be involved with the Synodal Path, which in my view has started out well,’ he said. At the same time he also aimed to again show a stronger presence in his Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, where a ‘comprehensive strategy process’ is to get underway.
Picture: Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany, announced on 11th February 2020, he would not run for another term as president of the German bishops’ conference. He is pictured in a 2019 photo. (CNS photo/Julia Steinbrecht, KNA).