A layman has taken joint charge of a parish in the German diocese of Münster as an auxiliary bishop there has admitted “there are simply not enough priests” to take on the duties of pastor.
The head of a key German committee of laypeople has insisted that a “positive attitude” and a “good mood” are still reigning in the ‘synodal path’ Church reform process in the country.
A group of French Catholics has lined up behind the Pope, issuing a stirring call to all the faithful to commit to Franciscan reforms.
A nun who has been appointed by a German bishop to take charge of his office has said that “the Church as a whole would benefit if there were more women in leadership positions” in the institution.
The International Union of Superiors General (UISG) hosted the third in a four-part safeguarding from abuse webinar on Tuesday. Guest speaker Dr Gabriel Dy-Liacco treated the topic on Victomology and the Relational Safety Model.
A Vatican child protection expert has said that “of course” clergy sex abuse is “one of the main reasons” why people are leaving the German Church.
Lamenting “we can no longer remain silent”, Polish Catholics are pleading with Pope Francis to take “immediate and unequivocal” action on the “outrageous scale of abuse” in the Church in the country.
Pope Francis has encouraged the German Church to make “good progress” in its ‘synodal path’ reform process.
Pope Francis has appointed an administrator to a Polish diocese whose bishop has been accused of covering-up the clerical sex abuse of children.
A French archbishop has welcomed a woman’s bid for the episcopacy and warned it “would be grave not to engage seriously” with the issues that it raises.
Cardinals have gaslighted women seeking equality in the Church, blaming their desire for “power” on their “clericalism”.
An Austrian priest theologian has asked the new head of the Bishops’ Conference of that country for a permanent “Church parliament” of laypeople and clergy.
Irish laypeople have deplored their bishops’ financial opacity and clericalism in managing diocesan accounts.
Three years ago the Association of Catholic Priests, the Association of Catholics in Ireland and We Are Church Ireland, wrote a joint letter to all the Irish bishops requesting them to make public their quinquennial reports to the Vatican.
The German Bishops’ Conference vice-president has insisted that the debate over women priests is “not over”, and has signalled his wish to take the issue both to a “European Synod” and to the Pope himself.
The French Church’s pedophilia commissioner has warned of a link between “hierarchical function” and “systemic” abuse in Catholicism.
A Spanish female theologian is backing a woman candidate for the position of Archbishop of Lyon, saying that her self-nomination is “a prophetic sign”.
A German bishop has warned that the Church’s ‘synodal path’ reform process must succeed or else Catholicism in the country “will become a sect”.
A nun has deounced the culture in the Church that has “continually failed” to address the “soul murder” of child abuse.
Priests in Poland are rebelling against a sex abuse cover-up-accused bishop, refusing to sign letters of loyalty to him.
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.
The German Bishops have condemned the actions of their predecessors under the Nazis, and redoubled their efforts against clergy sex abuse.
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”.
“Lack of reforms” and “rigid structures” are some of the factors being blamed for a wave of mass Church desertions in a German diocese.
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.
The new ‘Francis bishops’ at the helm of the Spanish Episcopal Conference are looking like they could finally bring the Spanish Church and country up to date.
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.