“Everything rigid and immovable goes against the essence of the Church and the Spirit that guides it”, a German Church historian has declared.
German Catholic youth are boycotting Nestlé over environmental protection and human rights concerns.
German Catholic students are adopting inclusive language for God, explaining that “God cannot be assigned to any gender or other human categories”.
In Germany, women are already studying to become deacons, arguing that “gender equality and diaconality are indispensable for the future of the Church”.
The Catholic dean of Frankfurt has called for a “separation of powers” in the Church to reverse the institution’s “landslide loss of reputation and trust”.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has encouraged the world to “think beyond capitalism” post-COVID-19, echoing a question posed also by Pope Francis even before the pandemic: “How can we work for an economy that really serves people and is not only oriented towards material interests?”
The Cologne archdiocese in Germany is planning to slash the number of its parishes from 500 currently to 50 or 60 in ten years.
A nun has blasted clericalist priests, reminding them that “‘to be holy’ cannot mean uptight, superior, arrogant, contemptuous of women, hypocritical…”.
A German bishop is hoping for change in what he regards as “discriminatory” Catholic sexual morality.
German women have decried the “arrogance and ignorance” of the system of “male dominance” in Catholicism, issuing a powerful plea for female-friendly change in the Church: “Instead of monarchy and hierarchy, democracy and empathy!”
Women are to take to pulpits in a German diocese, saying “it is not enough to give testimony only in the family or at work”.
A German priest has urged the Church to shed the “ballast” of those traditions he believes are “hindering” it.
To prevent war, we must fight injustice and poverty, care for the environment and watch our language, a German bishop has said.
A German bishop has hit out at conservative Catholic haters online, saying after commentators hijacked a post on his Facebook account that trolls don’t give “a testimony to our Lord”.
A German abbess charged for sheltering refugees has said she would accept a possible jail term with a “clear conscience”.
Young German Catholics have appealed for gender equality in the Church as their Bishops have accepted – with a catch – a dialogue with the Vatican on its recent polemical instruction on parishes.
“As a Church we have to stand up for those with no lobby”, a German priest advocate for migrant workers has declared.
A German bishop has said the need for Catholic renewal is not about saving the Church but instead about rediscovering the gospel.
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”.
German Catholics are appealing to citizens not to vote for the “right-wing extremist” AfD or ‘Alternative for Germany’ political party, denouncing that the group has no place in a mature democracy.
A Catholic parish in Germany has hoisted a 8-metre-high rainbow banner to show that LGBT+ people “can be at home in our church”.
The German Bishops have advertised in a national newspaper for a new – possibly layperson – secretary in a move Catholic women have hailed as a positive step.
A German vicar general has called for equal rights for women in Church leadership and an “open debate” on Catholic “fundamental questions”.
The Catholic renovation movement ‘We Are Church’ Germany has pleaded for that country’s Church’s ‘synodal path’ reform discussions to continue despite COVID-19 and the “extremely irritating” recent Vatican instruction on parishes.
“We can no longer build our Christianity and Church life on traditions alone”, a German bishop has alerted.
“The Church cannot do without the charisms and vocations of women. She must use this great treasure in order to be able to proclaim the Gospel”, a new lay female Vatican economic council member has said.
A severe lack of lay theologians and a public perception of division are giving the German Church even more reasons to push on with its ‘synodal path’ reforms.
A German priest has urged the Church to learn the “basics of modern society” and thereby regain relevance.
From her ‘parish’ without a priest, a German abbess is hoping for “radical changes” on gender equality in the Church.