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With Pope Francis’ 2013 arrival to the pontificate, fresh air came into the Church. The air became less rarefied and we saw a pope closer to the people.
A German theologian has warned that the Church needs “radical change” to exit the “dead end” it is currently stuck in regarding vital reforms.
A nun has spoken out for more leadership for women in Catholicism, insisting that on that issue “the Lord wants a change in the Church”.
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.
A German theologian has claimed that Pope Francis’ post-Amazon Synod apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia seeks to end the “clerical monopoly” in the Church and clear the way for women cardinals.
Churches in Norway have denounced that the “uncontrolled” spread of COVID-19 in the Amazon is causing the “collapse” of health systems.
A German bishop of the Amazon region has insisted the debate on the possible introduction in the Church of married male priests and female deacons is not over.
Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, announced that Pope Francis will convene the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2022, with the theme, “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission”.
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.
On married priests and women deacons, “Francis needs to bite this bullet” and “soon”, the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Ireland has warned.
The President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, has thanked Pope Francis for the “loud cry of the Church for the rights of poor” that he raised in his post-Amazon Synod apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia.
A group of French laypeople has said Pope Francis’ post-Amazon Synod apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia, is an invitation to be “inventive” in the Church “without waiting for the hierarchy”.
It’s full steam ahead in Germany for that country’s Church’s “synodal path” reforms despite the Pope’s ‘no’ for the moment to worldwide change in his post-Amazon Synod apostolic exhortation.
Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, has taken down ultraconservative Cardinal Robert Sarah, again, insisting that Benedict never approved the anti-optional priestly celibacy book the cardinal claims the two co-wrote.
Bishops, theologians and Church observers are continuing to insist that the Pope “hasn’t shut the door” to optional celibacy in his post-Amazon Synod apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia (QA).
True to their vow to “take responsibility for our Church into our hands”, Catholic women are raising the stakes after the denial of their ordination in the Pope’s post-Amazon Synod apostolic exhortation, and are calling for the abolition of all Church hierarchies.
The Primate of All Ireland has admitted, on married priests, that “I am very much open to the idea of this, and I think Pope Francis is too”.
German Catholics are pledging to fight on for married priests and female deacons despite the letdown of the Pope overlooking both issues in his Amazon exhortation.
Laypeople, too, are lamenting Pope Francis’ “lack of courage for real reforms” on the married priesthood and the ordination of women in his apostolic exhortation on the Amazon Synod.
Priests and bishops are disappointed with Pope Francis for “simply kicking the can down the road” on the relaxation of compulsory priestly celibacy in ‘Querida Amazonía’.
Women’s ordination advocates have blasted the Pope’s new Amazon Synod exhortation, labelling it “outdated”, “institutional sexism”, and a show of the “degradation” of and “discrimination” against women in the Church.
The Pope’s Exhortation “Querida Amazonia” recalls the messages of Laudato Si’, inviting us to save the Amazon and the whole planet in solidarity and collaboration with all its inhabitants, undertaking a deep conversion.
Querida Amazonía (“Beloved Amazon”) is the only one of Pope Francis’ five apostolic exhortations released to date directed not only “to the people of God” but also “to all persons of good will”.
A Vatican cardinal has insisted the Pope “has not resolved” the questions of a married priesthood and a women’s diaconate.
A German diocese has banned the Pachamama thief for his “reprehensible” promotion of Church “division”.