Constance Vilanova pins blame for aggressions against female religious on “clericalism” which treats priests like “princes”
“Where are the signs of openness, of the end of a clerical self-segregation?”, wonders the “All Women Apostles!” collective
“If people of a different skin colour were treated so ignorantly and arrogantly, then this would be racism. If you treat the other person like that because she is a woman, then what are you: Catholic!”
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
Compulsory clerical celibacy “has done a great deal of harm”, laments Spanish-French cleric Christina Moreira
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
Instead of being “instrumentalised by male-centred Church”, religious sisters especially “should take on leading roles”: staff member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Fr. Michael Weninger
After 18 years at the helm, Archbishop of Avignon trying to “save face” seven months out from likely retirement, laypeople denounce
“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”
French laypeople have decried the “huge damage” being done by clericalism, and have demanded a say in a much-needed “rebirth of the Church”.
Bishops who cover up sex abuse should have their episcopal ordinations annulled, a aurvivors’ group has said.
A Spanish theologian has said that the marginalisation of women is an “enormous impoverishment” for the Church.
In 2012 Fr Tony Flannery was punished by the C.D.F. for publishing articles about the ordination of women, the priesthood and LGBTQ+ people. Since then he has been removed from public ministry.
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”.
As Catholics working together for a renewed Church, we stand proudly in solidarity with Irish Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery in the face of continued threats and bullying from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) over his support for women’s ordination and the full dignity of LGBT+ persons.
The “most urgent” issue for the Church today “is to correct its gender imbalance”, an Irish nun has pleaded.
The head of the German Bishops’ Conference has clapped back at the cardinal of Cologne after he warned of the danger of schism emerging from the German Church’s ‘synodal path’ reform process.
Church reform groups have blasted the Vatican for bullying a “courageous” Irish priest in favour of women’s ordination and gay marriage, telling Roman authorities to “get a grip”.
“Everything rigid and immovable goes against the essence of the Church and the Spirit that guides it”, a German Church historian has declared.
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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”.
“When there are more women in positions of responsibility in the Church, there will be less abuse”, a would-be female archbishop has affirmed.
German-speaking youth have urged their bishops to bring about gender justice in Catholicism, saying “only in this way can the Church be a strong voice for freedom”.
The laypeople of the US organisation Voice of the Faithful have criticised a “lack of accountability” in a Vatican order that a disgraced bishop pay back only a fraction of the funds he misused.
It was recently announced that Cardinal Dolan will be giving the opening prayer at the Republican National Convention Monday August 24. This should not be a surprise to anyone considering how much flattery Cardinal Dolan has given to Trump over the years.
Pope Francis has wasted no time in accepting the resignation of an archbishop in Poland mired in controversy, sidelining him on the day of his 75th birthday, when bishops are required by canon law to offer their retirement.
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.