This is a portion of an NCR (National Chismatic Reporter) article which you can read in full
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, conference president, received Ladaria's letter June 4, said Matthias Kopp, spokesman of the bishops' conference.
Given the pope's early May encouragement to try to find a unanimous position, Kopp said in a statement, the cardinal "is therefore surprised" by the doctrinal congregation's letter.
Marx, he said, will need to discuss the letter with the other German bishops and, eventually, he hopes also to discuss it with Vatican officials and Francis himself.
The same day the letter was leaked, Francis met at the Vatican with a delegation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany.
"Let us support one another in the journey, including by continuing the theological dialogue," the pope told them.
"No ecumenical dialogue can advance if we remain stationary," the pope said. "We must walk, progress — not impetuously running ahead to reach a hoped-for finishing line, but walking together with patience under the gaze of God."
Certain themes, including "the church, the Eucharist and ecclesial ministry," require deeper study and dialogue, he said. At the same time, ecumenism is not "elitist," but must "involve as much as possible many brothers and sisters in the faith, growing as a community of disciples who pray, love and proclaim."