An Austrian theologian has blasted the young Austrian man who desecrated Pachamama statues at the Amazon Synod for “damaging” Catholicism.
The Prefect of the Papal Household and personal secretary to Pope Benedict, Georg Gänswein, has been relieved of his duties with Pope Francis to care for the deteriorating Pope Emeritus, according to a media report.
An Italian theologian has levelled accusations of a “serious distortion of the truth” at the ultraconservatives trying to blackmail Pope Francis with accusations of heresy if the pontiff allows optional celibacy for priests.
For almost a thousand years, Roman Catholic priests have been required to be celibate. But this age-old practice is now under fire, with the suggestion that the rules should be relaxed for the Latin American Catholic church.
Married and secularised Italian priests are urging Pope Francis “not to be intimidated” by the Pope Benedict-Cardinal Sarah conspiracy and to push ahead with optional priestly celibacy.
Benedict XVI’s personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, has denied he received pressure from Pope Francis to scratch the Emeritus’ name from the celibacy book written by Cardinal Robert Sarah.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah look set to have lost out on compulsory celibacy, with Pope Francis ready to approve married priests in his forthcoming apostolic exhortation on the Amazon Synod.
A nun and consultant to the Vatican Synod of Bishops has said she is certain “change will come” in terms of more women in Church leadership.
A bombshell has landed in the Vatican, with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI requesting his name and image be removed from the controversial pro-celibacy book Cardinal Robert Sarah insisted the two co-wrote.
An Austrian cardinal has said that the Last Judgment will be about whether we have fed the hungry and clothed the naked, not about our sexual orientation.
A Sicilian archbishop has reminded Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah that Francis is the pope and as such he makes the decisions on the Church’s discipline of priestly celibacy.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has co-authored a book with Cardinal Robert Sarah, one of Pope Francis’ fiercest opponents, in which both plead against ordaining married men.
Pope Francis constantly reminds us that the most important task is to proclaim the Gospel. 2019 saw him doing exactly that.
An Austrian theologian is pressing bishops to find more priests – married men and women – instead of closing and merging churches for lack of clerics.
A Vienna auxiliary bishop has spoken out in support of easing compulsory priestly celibacy. Driving the news Compulsory priestly celibacy…
The Pope’s Amazon Synod document is in danger due to senior cardinals’ resistance to give up the discipline of compulsory priestly celibacy.
Practising Catholic and former Spanish Defence Minister María Dolores de Cospedal has blasted the Catholic Church’s veto on women priests, calling it “monumental nonsense and a manifest injustice”.
Cardinal Walter Kasper has said he is convinced that “in time, doors will be opened” to women at the altar, celebrating the Mass.
A prominent cardinal has warned from Assisi – the symbolic birthplace of Francis, patron saint of ecology and animals – that “never as in our day have the Amazon peoples and their territory been so seriously threatened”.
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.
“The truths of our faith cannot be rigid and immovable points of view”, German bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg has warned.
Cassock wearing in young priests is a “sign of fragility”, the Archbishop of Paris has said.
The author of a book on the US opposition to Francis that the Pope himself praised as a “bomb” has denounced that a group of rich lay Americans is lobbying to take down this pontificate.
A German bishop has criticised ultraconservatives for quoting him in a protest letter calling on Pope Francis to repent over supposed “sacrilege”.
Many Catholic faithful yawned today at the latest conservative attempt to smear Pope Francis with “sacrilege” accusations over the native statues at last month’s Amazon Synod.
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.
At the Amazon Synod, “church-related discrimination created a costly missed opportunity for a dying planet”, a leading feminist theologian has claimed.
German and Austrian bishops resident in the Amazon have accused Amazon Synod critics, including cardinals and fellow bishops, of “outright lies”.
An Italian cardinal has cosied up to controversial far-right politician Matteo Salvini in a thinly-veiled challenge to Pope Francis.
Voices in the German Church are welcoming the Amazon Synod as an “event with meaning for the Universal Church and a success for Pope Francis”.