The Vatican has released the ‘secret’ guidelines by which it deals with clerics who father children, and in which the expulsion from the priesthood is not automatic.
COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, is “annoyed” not to have been included in the new Brussels Conference on the Future of Europe, according to sources.
The head of the Protestant Churches in Germany has said he sees Cardinal Reinhard Marx as an “ally” in his search for shared communion.
We must be careful of the “worm” of jealousy and envy that leads us to “misjudge” and compete with others. Pope Francis began his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta by explaining that these two words, jealousy and envy, are the “seed of war”.
The President of the lay Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), Thomas Sternberg, has blasted the “right-wing conservative” critics of the German Church’s “synodal path” and suggested similar Church reform processes could be carried out every five years.
The Polish Bishops have been forced to disown a rogue prelate who questioned the faith of the German Church, backed Pope Benedict and Cardinal Robert Sarah on compulsory priestly celibacy and called Pope Francis a “heretic”.
An Italian bishop has banned the practice of having sponsors at the sacrament of Confirmation, lamenting that the people chosen by candidates are often too “sinful” for the role.
Tensions and frustrations are boiling over in the Irish Church as priests and laypeople beg their bishops for real reform.
German cardinal Reinhard Marx has called for a greater say for women and laypeople in Catholicism, explaining that 200 men sitting together at a synod discussing the Church on their own, for example, “is not a good thing”.
Protestants have been invited to take communion at the first Catholic Mass in a Geneva cathedral since the Reformation, to be held next month.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, today Pope Francis, saved the Jesuits from a 2007 Vatican intervention, according to a new book.
Sixteen Irish Churches are urging the faithful to hold politicians accountable for the “national epidemic of housing insecurity” at the February 8 general election.
In the face of calls for him to step aside, the Archbishop of Ljubljana, in Slovenia, has passed the buck on clerical abuse, playing off the demands of the Church of caring for pedophile priests against the demands of caring for survivors.
A parish and the archdiocese of Warsaw have been forced to apologise after a priest withheld communion from a moderate Catholic presidential candidate.
A French bishop is still defending the sacramental seal despite a pedophile ex-priest admitting he confessed his abuse and begged for help.
The World Economic Forum in Davos, the annual meeting of political, economic and civil leaders that make up what’s been called the “NGO of the status quo”, is in its edition this year plundering the Bible for lessons on winning back trust in capitalism and globalisation.
Pope Francis has demanded that attendees at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos January 21-24 put the human person, not the “mere pursuit of power or profit”, at the “very centre” of public policy.
Another woman has shattered the stained-glass ceiling in the Church, becoming a ‘dean’ in a German diocese and thereby occupying a position up until now reserved to priests.
A German bishop has fired back at Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah for their controversial statements on mandatory priestly celibacy, recalling that the discipline is “not an unchangeable Church law”.
In his homily January 20 at the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke about “docility” to the Word of God, which “is always new”.
The Austrian Church is facing a mass exodus, with almost 68,000 Catholics leaving in 2019, an almost 15% increase on 2018.
Pope Francis has prayed today in the Angelus that the “very important” UN-backed summit Sunday in Berlin on Libya “is the start of a path towards the cessation of violence and a negotiated solution, which leads to peace and the much-desired stability of the country”.
Although released from prison, Syriac Orthodox monk Sefer Bileçen, arrested last January 9 by Turkish security forces on charges of offering help and coverage to PKK militants, the Kurdish worker party, which is banned and labeled a terrorist organization by the Turkish government and army, cannot leave his residence.
Catholics are demanding the senior Slovenian archbishop resign over what they are calling his “dead ink on paper” anti-clergy abuse guidelines.
Catholic baptisms have taken a plunge in Switzerland as the tradition of the Christian rite of initiation takes on water in the country.
Benedict XVI’s personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, has denied he received pressure from Pope Francis to scratch the Emeritus’ name from the celibacy book written by Cardinal Robert Sarah.
A French pedophile ex-priest has contradicted the cardinal convicted for covering-up his abuse, saying he confessed his crimes to the red hat years before the prelate claimed.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah look set to have lost out on compulsory celibacy, with Pope Francis ready to approve married priests in his forthcoming apostolic exhortation on the Amazon Synod.
A German prelate urged pastors to better persuade and convince, explaining that “people no longer swallow something just because a bishop says it”.