Cardinal Reinhard Marx has criticised those in the Church who “push a relationship of pure obedience to God”, lamenting that they “do not really integrate the idea of freedom into their faith”.
The International Safeguarding Conference is hosting a series of webinars, entitled “A Safer Church”, which will focus on sharing safeguarding best practices, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The women’s diaconate should be priority for the Church, a new female ‘episcopal vicar’ in Switzerland has said.
The Vatican has been accused of a “petty and embarrassing” intervention in parish mergers in a German diocese.
A new case of priestly pedophilia and episcopal negligence in Poland has marred this Monday’s centenary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II.
Celebrating Holy Mass on the Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter, the Pope recalled the memorial of Saint Louise de Marillac, who co-founded the Daughters of Charity with Saint Vincent de Paul.
The German Bishops have condemned the actions of their predecessors under the Nazis, and redoubled their efforts against clergy sex abuse.
A German cardinal has warned that the Church is “in crisis” and for that reason changes are “inevitable”. – “Church…
A German bishop has blasted “some” Catholics’ “obsession” with the Eucharist, given the complaints of a small minority of the faithful over not being permitted to attend Masses during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
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A notorious French pedophile ex-priest has appealed a 5-year sentence for abuse he committed over decades against at least 75 boys.
A top Vatican anti-abuse expert has hit out at clericalism and Catholic “paternalism”, recalling that “every baptised person is co-responsible for the holiness of the Church”.
Some historians, questioned in recent months by the crisis that the Catholic Church is going through, have recalled that in its millenary history this institution has been deeply renewed every 500 years.
Experts are warning that stress, abuse and an “unattainable ideal” of spirituality are causing a drop in the number of the world’s nuns and a decline in new vocations.
The new German Bishops’ chair has said the place of women in the Church is the “most urgent question” for the future of the institution.
Former Irish president Mary McAleese has demanded the Vatican be held to account over the abuse committed by the ‘saint’ of the disabled Jean Vanier, recently revealed to have sexually and spiritually assaulted at least six women.
LGBT rights campaigners have protested against a homophobic Polish archbishop and called for his resignation.
The German Bishops are facing multiple challenges as they meet this week in Mainz for a crucial spring assembly, with the place of women in the Church, compensation payments for clerical abuse survivors and the election of a new president and secretary at the top of their agenda.
The Legionaries of Christ recently held their General Chapter in Rome, as the wider Regnum Christi Federation held its General Assemblies.
The Annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse was marked in Ireland on 28 February, the first Friday of Lent.
Pope Francis has established a task force “in order to assist the Episcopal Conferences in the preparation and updating of guidelines for the protection of minors”.
The Vatican pointman on child abuse has insisted that with new papal initiatives since a watershed anti-pedophilia summit in Rome last year “silence and cover-ups” in the Church are now “a thing of the past”.
It’s been a year since Church leaders, abuse survivors and experts came to the Vatican for an unprecedented summit entitled the “Protection of Minors in the Church”.
The Nunciature in Poland has said it has “no information” on reports of a supposedly imminent Vatican investigation of the Archbishop of Gdańsk.
A German bishop is shaking his head at the “loud, loveless and terrifyingly excessive criticism” of the national Church’s “synodal path” reform process as path working groups meet today for the first time.