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.
German cardinal Reinhard Marx has called for a greater say for women and laypeople in Catholicism, explaining that 200 men sitting together at a synod discussing the Church on their own, for example, “is not a good thing”.
A German bishop has fired back at Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah for their controversial statements on mandatory priestly celibacy, recalling that the discipline is “not an unchangeable Church law”.
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.
An Irish priest has weighed into the celibacy debate, saying that “married priests should be the most normal thing in the world”.
German laypeople have accused Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah of creating “division” in Church with their “irresponsible” anti-optional celibacy stance as revealed in a polemical new book.
Pope Francis spoke in his homily this morning at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta about the harm done by “incoherent” Christians and “schizophrenic” pastors who do not bear witness and thus distance themselves from the Lord’s way of doing things, from His authentic “authority”.
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.
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.
A theologian has accused a German bishop of “moral bankruptcy” for opposing reform after the clerical sex abuse crisis.
A German bishop has recognised that women’s exclusion from ordination is “fundamentally unjust and inappropriate”.
The Bishop of Osnabrück in Germany is pushing for progress in the Church on the questions of women’s leadership, blessings for gay couples and optional priestly celibacy.
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…
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has said gay couples can receive a blessing in the Church, “in the sense of pastoral care”, even if that blessing can’t look like or be seen to recognise a marriage ceremony.
Key German Church figures are continuing to push for an end to compulsory celibacy, saying “the old days are well and truly over”.
Irish priest Brian D’Arcy has lamented that the Catholic Church’s theology of sexuality is “well past its sell-by date”.
The Austrian Church is celebrating 50 years of the “professional and family skills” of its married permanent deacons.
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.
The Catholic Women’s Association of Germany (KFD) is drawing “red lines” for that country’s Church’s ‘synodal path’ reform process: full equality in Church responsibility and a call to Rome for women’s ordination.
A German theologian has blasted “right-wing” Catholics and some Vatican officials for spreading the myth that homosexuality increases the risk of child abuse.
A new Austrian bishop has said he sees “many reasons” for the abolition of compulsory priestly celibacy.
An Italian Mother Superior has apparently been forced out by the Church over an alleged affair, leading to the closure of the convent she headed due to a lack of possible successors.