July document on mission of local churches was addressed to bishops, so bishops are Vatican’s dialogue partners, insists Congregation for Clergy Prefect Cardinal Beniamino Stella
Young German Catholics have appealed for gender equality in the Church as their Bishops have accepted – with a catch – a dialogue with the Vatican on its recent polemical instruction on parishes.
The Catholic renovation movement ‘We Are Church’ Germany has pleaded for that country’s Church’s ‘synodal path’ reform discussions to continue despite COVID-19 and the “extremely irritating” recent Vatican instruction on parishes.
The Vatican is facing more pushback on its new parish instruction, this time from the Church in Malta on the subject of fees for the sacraments.
The new Vatican parish instruction is being met with criticism not only in Germany but also in Portugal and Austria, with one Portuguese priest theologian claiming that the text is “a document destined for oblivion”.
A German bishop has come out swinging against the new Vatican instruction on parish life, doubling-down on the German Church’s ‘synodal path’ as the “only answer to this Roman challenge”.
Women religious are supporting the German bishops who criticised a recent “ridiculous” Vatican instruction on parishes.
The Vatican has fired back at German bishops after their criticisms of a controversial Roman parish reform instruction, but it has offered them the chance to clear up their “doubts and perplexity” over the document.
Vatican Congregation for the Clergy member Cardinal Anders Arborelius has said he “doesn’t know” how the controversial Congregation instruction on parish reform was completed.
Lamenting that “it doesn’t help a bit”, yet another German bishop has criticised the new Vatican instruction on parish reform, while Cardinal Walter Kasper has defended the document, although with nuances.
Church renewal group ‘We Are Church International’ has hit out at the Vatican over its new instruction on parish life and reform, accusing the Roman authorities behind it of “living in a patriarchal bubble”.
German bishops are protesting en masse over the “absurd” and “theologically deficient” Vatican instruction on parish reform.
German laity are hitting out at the new Vatican instruction on parish life, describing it as the “last yelp of a dying religious dictatorship”.
German dioceses are accusing the Vatican of harbouring a “fundamental fear of the visibility of the laity” in its new instruction on parish life.
Is the dream of authentic and effective lay-clerical co-responsibility in the Church over? That’s the question many Catholics must be asking themselves after the publication Monday of a document that shores up clericalism as the Church’s modus operandi.
The Cologne archdiocese in Germany is planning to slash the number of its parishes from 500 currently to 50 or 60 in ten years.
Bishop Giuseppe Marciante of Cefalù, on the Italian island of Sicily, has entrusted the “participation in the pastoral care of the parish of St Paul the Apostle” in the town of Isnello to a “Family Pastoral Service Team” that includes laypeople.
From her ‘parish’ without a priest, a German abbess is hoping for “radical changes” on gender equality in the Church.
A German priest has backed the ordination of women and married men and hit out at the new Vatican parish document he said betrays a “great alienation from reality”.
A forthcoming Vatican instruction soon to be published is to insist on “mutual respect” between religious and bishops, according to a media report.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has ripped the new Vatican document on parish life, lamenting with respect to the text that “no fruit is borne like this”.
The Vatican has strengthened the role of priests in local church governance, saying only they should lead parishes, not deacons, consecrated religious or laypeople.
A Warsaw village parish Sunday Mass with just one attendee was typical of the situation in churches around Poland this weekend as the coronavirus threat continues to bite there and around the world.
A Vatican guilty verdict against a pedophile priest is being blamed for a split in an eastern Slovenian parish.
“I cannot imagine Pope Francis wanting to prevent democratic decisions” on future of Church, says president of Central Committee of German Catholics after pontiff’s controversial remarks at Wednesday General Audience
Clericalism, the concern to protect the institution at all costs and a “men’s alliance” mentality still exacerbating clergy sex abuse crisis, laments Bishop Georg Bätzing
Youth, workers’ and women’s associations call for “courage, strength, confidence and openness” to recommit to ‘Synodal Path’ reform dialogue
German Bishops’ ecumenism head shares impression Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith “hastily cobbled together” response to the intercommunion question
“There is no future in yesterday’s answers”, explains Bernd Hagenkord SJ, adding “nearly all” participants in German Catholicism’s renewal debates “agree we need women in the running of the Church”