Francis “not the first Pope to denounce the evil of the mafia, but he goes much further” than predecessors, says Don Luigi Ciotti
Bishop of Innsbruck Hermann Glettler admits “inequality” in admission to ordained ministries “difficult to justify”
“Authentic and lasting international peace cannot rest on a balance of military power, but upon mutual trust”, the Holy See has reminded the world.
Today, on World Peace Day, Pope Francis invited the world to reconciliation and fraternity.
On criminal punishment, a Viennese auxiliary bishop has urged lawmakers and judges to “prefer mercy to severity and prevention to imprisonment”.
A German archbishop and an Austrian bishop are seeking more debate on the ordination of women, saying that on that question “the discussion is still alive”.
Austrian clerics are pushing their bishops to petition the Vatican for male and female married priests.
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”.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said he dreams of Hagia Sophia becoming a “centre for the encounter of religions”.
An Austrian theologian has said that Catholics have no need to identify completely with all Church teachings.
An Austrian priest theologian has criticised the clericalist Church that infantilises the faithful, warning that such an institution “has no future”.
The new Austrian Bishops’ chair started a process to look into same-sex blessings but did not commission or approve a book in favour of the same, his spokesperson has claimed.
An Austrian priest theologian has asked the new head of the Bishops’ Conference of that country for a permanent “Church parliament” of laypeople and clergy.
The new head of the Austrian Bishops appears open to a rethink of Catholic doctrine on homosexuality and has commissioned a book on gay blessings.
The protest against oppression, exclusion and unjust suffering is like “the DNA of the biblical message”, an Austrian bishop has said.
An Austrian theologian is pushing for sacramental blessings for same-sex couples, saying that God brings them together.
Austrian Catholics have suggested welcoming more refugees in the country in “gratitude” for the nation escaping the worst of COVID-19.
A “considerable number” of Austrian bishops are open to same-sex blessings, a theologian has said.
German and Austrian cardinals have warned of growing social inequalities in their respective countries and beyond as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
Austrian Catholics are arguing from Church teaching for an Unconditional Basic Income during the times of the coronavirus and beyond.
German and Austrian theologians are proposing ‘do-it-yourself’ sacraments to beat coronavirus lockdowns as well as clericalism.
German and Austrian bishops have insisted that the coronavirus is “not God’s punishment” but instead an “invitation to think” to the world.
The coronavirus crisis has brought the world to a tragic, grinding halt. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t tiny specks of hope on the horizon, such as in Austria, where a cardinal has insisted that the question of women in Church leadership positions remains open.
Catholic voices in Germany and Austria are crying out for more power for women in Church, saying “It only needs one bishop who says: I’ll do it”.
The Austrian Bishops will meet next week, among other things to elect a new chairman. The laity of the country, meanwhile, are asking their pastors for more synodality and more women in Church leadership.
Austrian and Swiss bishops, along with various Church groups, are urging “solidarity and human rights” in the Greek-Turkish migrant crisis.
Catholic Freemasons are “certainly not” excommunicated, an Austrian priest and member of Vatican interfaith dialogue body has said.
An Austrian female theologian has demanded a “women’s quota” in Church leadership positions.
An Austrian theologian has blasted the young Austrian man who desecrated Pachamama statues at the Amazon Synod for “damaging” Catholicism.