“It hurts, but they can’t take my faith away”, a gay Spanish Catholic has declared with respect to the anti-LGBT discrimination he suffers in the Church.
Pope Francis reflected this morning at his Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on the liturgical reading of the day, taken from the First Letter of St. John the Apostle, which focusses on the topic of love.
French women are denouncing their exclusion from serving in some places as lay Eucharistic ministers, saying “it calls into question the equal dignity of the baptised”.
A Dutch Catholic weekly is warning the faithful that “the decline in church attendance has not yet reached its lowest point in the Netherlands; the big wave of church closures is yet to come”.
A Spanish archbishop has proclaimed his respect for same-sex families, adding moreover that “the Gospel never condemns” these relationships.
The Spanish Catholic hierarchy is panicking at the prospect of a new left-wing Government open to “dialogue” in separatist Catalonia, while laypeople are welcoming that possibility.
The cardinal of Barcelona has sounded an alarm for the estimated 20,000 people in the city suffering “energy poverty”.
Spanish Catholic women are decrying a rise in misogyny in the Church due to a “huge lack of female presence” in seminaries.
The Vatican newspaper has implored Pope Francis “to break the wall of inequality between women and men in the Church”.
37,000 Spanish laypeople have denounced the Church’s “excessive clericalism” and “high degree of paternalism”.
Lucetta Scaraffia, founder and former director of the Vatican magazine Donne Chiesa Mondo (“Women Church World”), has said that the unpaid or underpaid work of women is the only thing keeping the Church alive.
Practising Catholic and former Spanish Defence Minister María Dolores de Cospedal has blasted the Catholic Church’s veto on women priests, calling it “monumental nonsense and a manifest injustice”.
Cardinal Walter Kasper has said he is convinced that “in time, doors will be opened” to women at the altar, celebrating the Mass.
To link homosexuality and pedophilia is a “great injustice” and a “criminalisation” of gay sexual and affective identity, a key Vatican official has insisted.
A dream of Pope Francis’ has come true with the inauguration of a church open 24/7 for the poor in the centre of Rome.
European Churches have urged the new EU authorities to “exercise solidarity, share responsibility and show leadership” on the migrants and asylum seeker issue.
“Any form of xenophobia is opposed to Christianity”, the Irish Bishops have cried after their 2019 Winter General Meeting in Maynooth.
The Pope has said he is “shocked” by populist anti-immigration and wall-building narratives circulating in Europe.
The papal almoner has called for churches to take in refugees on Lesbos to force the closure of the “shameful” camps on the Greek island.
Pope Francis has pleaded with the leaders at the UN COP25 climate summit in Madrid for “honesty, responsibility and courage” in the fight against climate change.
A German bishop has revealed he “can imagine” women priests, after the first step of the married male priests made possible, in theory, by the Amazon Synod.
Vatican cardinal Pietro Parolin has pleaded with participants in the COP25 summit in Madrid for “practical measures” in the face of the “urgency” of the climate crisis.
The Archbishop of Dublin has said he is “horrified” by “the emergence of a new language of racism” in Ireland.
French Catholic women are experiencing the flipside of Church ‘equality’ as they take on more and more important roles in Catholic life but don’t receive the recognition they deserve.
“Pope”, “(arch)bishop”, “monsignor”, “Father”… “Your Holiness/Eminence/Grace”. Does the Catholic Church have an addiction to titles?
The cardinal archbishop of Barcelona has decried the “madness” and “exaggerated consumerism” of Black Friday.
The outcry over a controversial IVF law in Poland has become “a discussion about the role and place of the Catholic Church” in the country, a cultural anthropologist has said.
More than sixty Spanish women are planning to formalise their withdrawal from the Catholic Church in protest at what they are calling the Church’s “sexism” and “patriarchal morals”.