The Cologne archdiocese in Germany is planning to slash the number of its parishes from 500 currently to 50 or 60 in ten years.
A German bishop has said the need for Catholic renewal is not about saving the Church but instead about rediscovering the gospel.
A German archbishop and an Austrian bishop are seeking more debate on the ordination of women, saying that on that question “the discussion is still alive”.
Austrian clerics are pushing their bishops to petition the Vatican for male and female married priests.
Women religious are supporting the German bishops who criticised a recent “ridiculous” Vatican instruction on parishes.
A German priest has backed the ordination of women and married men and hit out at the new Vatican parish document he said betrays a “great alienation from reality”.
The Vatican has fired back at German bishops after their criticisms of a controversial Roman parish reform instruction, but it has offered them the chance to clear up their “doubts and perplexity” over the document.
Vatican Congregation for the Clergy member Cardinal Anders Arborelius has said he “doesn’t know” how the controversial Congregation instruction on parish reform was completed.
Lamenting that “it doesn’t help a bit”, yet another German bishop has criticised the new Vatican instruction on parish reform, while Cardinal Walter Kasper has defended the document, although with nuances.
The new Vatican parish instruction is being met with criticism not only in Germany but also in Portugal and Austria, with one Portuguese priest theologian claiming that the text is “a document destined for oblivion”.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has ripped the new Vatican document on parish life, lamenting with respect to the text that “no fruit is borne like this”.
Church renewal group ‘We Are Church International’ has hit out at the Vatican over its new instruction on parish life and reform, accusing the Roman authorities behind it of “living in a patriarchal bubble”.
German bishops are protesting en masse over the “absurd” and “theologically deficient” Vatican instruction on parish reform.
German laity are hitting out at the new Vatican instruction on parish life, describing it as the “last yelp of a dying religious dictatorship”.
A German bishop has come out swinging against the new Vatican instruction on parish life, doubling-down on the German Church’s ‘synodal path’ as the “only answer to this Roman challenge”.
German dioceses are accusing the Vatican of harbouring a “fundamental fear of the visibility of the laity” in its new instruction on parish life.
Is the dream of authentic and effective lay-clerical co-responsibility in the Church over? That’s the question many Catholics must be asking themselves after the publication Monday of a document that shores up clericalism as the Church’s modus operandi.
The Vatican has strengthened the role of priests in local church governance, saying only they should lead parishes, not deacons, consecrated religious or laypeople.
German dioceses are pressing ahead with massive cuts to the number of their parishes despite Vatican objections.
A German bishop has blamed the mass Church desertions in his country on what he described as the tired parish-centred pastoral model.
The role of bishops is at stake in a Vatican intervention to stop German parish mergers, a canon lawyer and theologian has warned.
Admitting to feeling “a bit depressed”, a German bishop is rethinking parish mergers in his diocese after what he called a “massive Roman intervention”.
The Vatican has been accused of “cementing clericalism” with its ‘no’ to a German diocese’s parish merger plan.
The German Bishops’ head has said he will seek a world synod on issues such as the ordination of women and blessings for gay couples.
The empty churches during the coronavirus pandemic are a “prophetic” sign of the need for Catholic reform, an Italian missionary has written.
The Vatican has been accused of a “petty and embarrassing” intervention in parish mergers in a German diocese.
An Irish diocese is preparing for life without priests, and warning that by 2035, just fifteen years away, between just five to seven priests will be serving the diocese’s 22 parishes.
A missionary has warned that the cancellations of public Masses all over the world due to the coronavirus threat will soon become a permanent reality, thanks to the lack of priests.