The head of the German Catholic aid agency Misereor has denied ultraconservative ‘fake news’ reports that the German bishops are funding the Amazon Synod simply to push through married priests and women deacons.
The outgoing director of the German edition of Vatican News, the Jesuit Bernd Hagenkord, has criticised German cardinal Walter Brandmüller for his loud and sustained attacks on the Amazon Synod.
Catholic women’s organisation Voices of Faith is appealing to the world’s bishops to give women a vote in synods, the major decision-making bodies in the Church.
The key to the Amazon Synod is the idea of giving an “Amazonian face” to both the Church and to wider society.
Conservatives are pushing ‘fake news’ on supposed German Amazon Synod funding.
On 6-27 of October 2019, the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region will be held at the Vatican, following its announcement by Pope Francis in 2017.
The Austrian bishop Erwin Kräutler, long-time former pastor of the Brazilian diocese of Xingu, has predicted that the Synod for the Amazon will introduce married priests and “at least” the female diaconate, if not priesthood.
“Planet Amazon” is the theme of the Second Forum of the Laudato si’ Communities, held today [Saturday 6th] in Amatrice, Italy. Pope Francis has sent a message to the participants in the Forum.
Cardinal Walter Kasper has categorically denied reports of a “secret meeting” this week in Rome to prepare for the Synod for the Amazon this coming October.