“If we received a sacrament in order to serve, how then, called to serve, could we say no?”, ask couple, 44 and 42, parents of two children
In major joint message. EU prelates urge policymakers “to build up a different model of economy and society” in wake of pandemic
New justice’s ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia could provide religious organisations with legal cover to discriminate against LGBTQ people… but there’s even more than that at stake
Bishop of Dresden-Meissen Heinrich Timmerevers wonders about “intention” behind Secretariat of State explicatory note, still intends to push ahead with blessings for gay couples
“Though he is not changing moral teaching, he is departing from traditional Catholic rhetoric and offering an inclusive, merciful vision to guide Church practice”
Secretary of State letter to Latin American bishops acknowledges selective editing in new documentary has created “confusion”, but says Francis’ apparent endorsement of gay partnerships refers only to “particular arrangements of the State”
Supporters of Pope’s comments “clericalist”, traditional marriage “common sense”, says Bishops’ spokesman and auxiliary of Valladolid Luis Argüello
On heterosexual and same-gender unions, in the Church “we have to be able to say that both are right and there’s space for both”, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Academic Martin M. Lintner hails Francis’ “significant step forward” in new documentary: “You cannot demand a legal possibility for something which you reject in and of itself and condemn as sin”
“Were the Pope to put his same-gender civil unions support in an official document, he could remove all doubt as to where he – and the Church – stand”
The pontiff’s remarks in a new documentary are “a way to express what Catholics believe about human dignity in response to new social and political conditions”
Also, ‘We Are Church’ Ireland “warmly welcomes… wonderful news”, “hugely significant step” of Francis’ statement in new documentary: “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family… They’re children of God”
German Catholic Workers have thrown their support behind a Europe-wide push for an unconditional basic income.
With Pope Francis’ 2013 arrival to the pontificate, fresh air came into the Church. The air became less rarefied and we saw a pope closer to the people.
Virginija Langbakk – a native Lithuanian, married to a Swede – was the first managing director (2010-2020) of the European Gender Equality Institute (EIGE).
A Maltese LGBTQ Catholic organisation, together with rainbow Catholics around Europe and beyond, have come out in support of two LGBTQ-positive groups – Dignity and Fortunate Families – recently expelled from the Archdiocese of Detroit, in the US, calling the actions of the archbishop there “discriminatory”, “heartless” and “insensitive”.
An Irish priest has urged the Church to learn lessons from the “dress rehearsal” of COVID-19-related suspensions of public liturgies, warning that “in a decade or so Sunday Mass will not be celebrated in every parish”.
The Vatican Synod Pro-Secretary has warned the Church against the “suicide” of returning to old pastoral models post-COVID-19.
The annual COMECE-CCEE Presidencies meeting was held on Wednesday, 3 June 2020 with a special focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A Portuguese cardinal has discouraged communion on the tongue, recalling that “Christ said, ‘Take and eat’, not ‘Open your mouth'”.
Official Holy See news website Vatican News has denounced what it called a “global rise in domestic violence” cases in countries under coronavirus lockdowns.
In an emotional Urbi et orbi blessing Friday evening in an empty St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Pope Francis said coronavirus is not God’s judgment, but our “time to choose
At his Friday morning Mass in the Chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude for those who think of others in this difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Today, I would like to remember families who cannot leave their homes,” Pope Francis said at the beginning of the Saturday morning liturgy at the Casa Santa Marta chapel.
(Source: Vatican News) “I am thinking of families who are cooped up”, Pope Francis began the morning liturgy at the…
“We continue to pray for all who are ill due to this pandemic”, Pope Francis introduced the Saturday morning liturgy at the Casa Santa Marta.
In his homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Friday morning, the Pope invited Christians to remember those who accompany us in life as in a family.