“We accuse ourselves for not standing to our beliefs more courageously, for not praying more faithfully, for not believing more joyously, and for not loving more ardently”, reads the Stuttgart Declaration of Guilt
“Same old moth-eaten” arguments against women deacons, priests and bishops “far from convincing”, decries Dresden academic Julia Enxing
The Magisterium is “immunising itself against all reform movements”, denounces Georg Essen, the director of the Institute for Catholic Theology at Berlin’s Humboldt University
“As a Church we have done a great job in making sure that homosexual people never even have the idea of turning to a priest”, laments Dresden cleric Christoph Behrens
Pope’s call for equal rights in society for men and women sounds “hollow and brittle” in the absence of gender equality in the Church, denounce nun, academic, youth leader and theologian in training
“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”
Urge “fundamental renewal of our Church” so that “women are taken seriously with their vocations and take on leadership responsibility”
Cardinal Marx says ball in Catholic Church’s court after latest Vatican refusal: “The others want to and we say ‘no'”
A German priest has gone viral with a sermon backing the ordination of women and the blessing of gay couples and blasting Catholic “bouncers”.
A German bishop has criticised reform-phobic Catholics, reminding them that “Catholicism is not armour, but backbone”.
Bishops who cover up sex abuse should have their episcopal ordinations annulled, a aurvivors’ group has said.
The bishops of the German state of Bavaria are standing behind an abbess who is being prosecuted for sheltering asylum seekers.
Young theologians are denouncing discrimination in the Church, asking “how could a loving God want that?”.
German Catholic Workers have thrown their support behind a Europe-wide push for an unconditional basic income.
A co-author of a German paper on shared Communion with Protestants has rejected the Vatican criticism of the document, saying that “the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is one voice among many in theological discourse”.
German Catholic women have demanded that their bishops address the power imbalance in the Church, denouncing that in Catholicism “we women are still a long way from being where we belong”.
The German Bishops are remaining defiant in the wake of the Vatican refusal of a proposal for Catholic intercommunion with Protestants.
German Catholic women have declared that the far-right AfD political party is “not compatible” with Christian values.
A German Catholic bishop is resisting a new Vatican prohibition on shared Communion with Protestants.
German Catholic women are protesting for equal rights in Church, insisting that “bringing the Word of God to the people is not a task reserved for men alone”.
The chairman of the German Bishops has said that the female diaconate is “very legitimate” and has warned that if women leave “the existence of the Church is in danger”.
German Catholic students have criticised the use of patriarchal language for the divine, insisting that “God is just as much woman and mother”.