A German parish priest has resigned his post and left the priesthood after decades of fighting from within for a more open Christianity, frustrated with what he called a “power-obsessed, arrogant Church”.
German Church historian Hubert Wolf has claimed celibate priests are “easier to control and blackmail”.
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.
Pope Francis has written a letter to the German Catholic Church to offer his thoughts on its “binding synodal process”.
The French Episcopal Conference has decided to “open its archives and help children of priests know more about their fathers”, says Anne-Marie Mariani, founder of the association Enfants du Silence.