Vatican cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio has floated the revolutionary idea that the votes at bishops’ synods be deliberative – that is, binding – and not consultative, as is the case now.
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.
“The truths of our faith cannot be rigid and immovable points of view”, German bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg has warned.
A key association of German laity is pressuring the country’s bishops to avoid “hardships” and “existential emergencies” for gay couples by approving Church blessings for their partnerships.
The general secretary of the German Bishops’ Conference has urged Catholics to have “less anxiety and more courage and trust” in opening up Church offices to women.
German Cardinal Reinhard Marx called November 19 for a “new era of Christianity to speak of God” as he received an honorary doctorate in Paris.
A German bishop has criticised ultraconservatives for quoting him in a protest letter calling on Pope Francis to repent over supposed “sacrilege”.
The vice-president of Germany’s powerful body of lay Catholics has warned that the Church is taking a hit to its credibility by not allowing women priests.
“Empowered women will save the Earth, empowered women will save the Church”, supporters of the ordination of women have told the Amazon Synod in the Vatican.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has confirmed a possible easing of compulsory celibacy for priests is being discussed at this month’s Amazon Synod.
“The objections of Rome to the ordination of women often fail to convince”, the Bishop of Mainz in Germany, Peter Kohlgraf, has lamented.
“A vast number of believers are waiting” for the German Church’s “binding synodal way” reform process, the spokesman of the German Bishops’ Conference has said.
Women’s access to all levels of Church ministry is not all “theologically possible” and “structurally desirable”, but also “mandatory” from a social justice perspective.
“Without women, the Church wouldn’t work”, the President of the Catholic Women’s Association of Germany (KFD) has said.
The Catholic Church in Switzerland is planning a “renewal process” to tackle issues arising out of the clerical sex abuse crisis and to win back “credibility”, the President of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference has announced.
800 people have protested for gender equality in the Catholic Church by forming a human chain around Cologne Cathedral.
The German Church is holding firm in its desire to carry out a “binding synodal process” to discuss reforms to…
“Dismay”. That’s what the Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ) has expressed in response to Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki’s repeated refusal to hold discussions important for Church reform.
The Bishop of Mainz has defended the German Church’s “binding synodal way” against the criticisms – of cardinals and others – that the process could lead to splits in the national and universal Church.
A key German lay representative has hit out at one of his country’s cardinals for suggesting that the national Church’s “binding synodal process”, or grassroots consultation process, could lead to Church division.
Two German bishops have called the Church to more “credibility” when dealing with the “life realities” of gay and lesbian people.
A German priest who recently announced he is gay has just published a book in which he questions Church doctrine on homosexuality, celibacy for priests and ordination for men only.
“It is my personal opinion that the Church can bless same-sex partnerships”, a retired German bishop has said.
The head of the German Catholic aid agency Misereor has denied ultraconservative ‘fake news’ reports that the German bishops are funding the Amazon Synod simply to push through married priests and women deacons.