Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox and Lutheran leaders march for peace as memorials declare “Vienna is stronger than hate” and “Our religion is love”
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich warns on publication of blasphemous cartoons: “There cannot be absolute freedom… freedom of expression must take into account others’ views”
“Numb with horror”, members of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue “reject utterly any misuse of religion to justify violence.”
German Bishops’ chair Georg Bätzing: “Terror in the name of religion perverts the name of God… We need religions to deliver what they promise: to bring about peace”
The Archbishop of Vienna calls citizens to “solidarity, community and respect” after wave of shootings Monday night killed at least 3 and injured 15
“The most important feminist texts are in the Bible”, but Church persists with sex “complementarity”, deplores Angelika Ritter-Grepl
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.
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.
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.