The AP Interview: Pope warns of elitist German synod process


              Pope Francis speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at The Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. Pope Francis said there's a risk that what could be a trailblazing reform process in the German church could become "ideological." (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
            
              FILE - German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his apartment in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Pope Francis said in an interview with The Associated Press at The Vatican on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, that there's a risk that what could be a trailblazing reform process in the German church could become "ideological." (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, file)
            
              FILE - German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his apartment in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Pope Francis said in an interview with The Associated Press at The Vatican on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, that there's a risk that what could be a trailblazing reform process in the German church could become "ideological." (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, file)
            
              FILE - German Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, left, gestures during the funeral prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in Cologne Cathedral, in Cologne, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. Pope Francis said in an interview with The Associated Press at The Vatican on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, that there's a risk that what could be a trailblazing reform process in the German church could become "ideological." (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP, file)
            
              Pope Francis, right, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at The Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. Pope Francis said there's a risk that what could be a trailblazing reform process in the German church could become "ideological." In the background a replica of German baroque painter Johann Georg Melchior Schmidtner's oil on canvas, "Mary untier of knots". (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              FILE - Vicar Wolfgang Rothe, center, blesses two men during a Catholic service with the blessing of same-sex couples in St Benedict's Church in Munich, Sunday, May 9, 2021. Pope Francis said in an interview with The Associated Press at The Vatican on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, that there's a risk that what could be a trailblazing reform process in the German church could become "ideological." (Felix Hoerhager/dpa via AP, file)
            
              Pope Francis speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at The Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. Pope Francis said there's a risk that what could be a trailblazing reform process in the German church could become "ideological." (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
            
              Pope Francis speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at The Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. Pope Francis said there's a risk that what could be a trailblazing reform process in the German church could become "ideological." In the background a replica of German baroque painter Johann Georg Melchior Schmidtner's oil on canvas, "Mary untier of knots". (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Pope Francis speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at The Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. Pope Francis said there's a risk that what could be a trailblazing reform process in the German church could become "ideological." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              FILE - In this photo taken on Thursday, March 7, 2013 Janice Sevre-Duszynska poses with a banner at the Vatican. Roman Catholic Womenpriests was founded in Germany in 2002. Pope Francis said in an interview with The Associated Press at The Vatican on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, that there's a risk that what could be a trailblazing reform process in the German church could become "ideological." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)
            
              Pope Francis speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at The Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. Pope Francis on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, said there's a risk that what could be a trailblazing reform process in the German church could become "ideological." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
The AP Interview: Pope warns of elitist German synod process