Chantal Götz is managing director of the charitable, non-profit “Fidel Götz Foundation”.
Spanish Catholic women are protesting en masse this Sunday, complaining that the men running the Church “call us to fix the flowers, but not to make the important political or economic decisions”.
The Vatican is urging the international community to implement the Catholic social principles of subsidiarity and solidarity in healthcare policies in order to provide specific support and care for patients with rare diseases and their families, and make them feel part of society.
The ‘Economy of Francesco’ event in Assisi could be the next coronavirus domino to fall as organisers and Vatican authorities study the possibility of postponing the conference planned for March 26-28.
Lent is starting today. This is a special time of the year when we are invited to pray, reflect and feel closer to one another.
In his Wednesday General Audience today, Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the coronavirus, for “peace” in the “battlefield with wars on each side” that is Iraq, and for the 1,200 Air Italy employees under the threat of mass layoffs after the airline entered into liquidation.
German Catholic women are pushing for a new female Bishops’ secretary after the incumbent in that post today said he would be stepping down.
In his message for Lent, released today, Pope Francis blasted the “idolatry” of the “unbridled thirst for profit” and appealed for a “more just and inclusive” economy.
With a gender equality petition in Germany, a Church “revolt” in Spain and global protests for their dignity, Catholic women’s frustrations with the Church are reaching boiling point, especially after their disappointment with the Pope’s post-Amazon Synod exhortation.
Three leading Cardinals have called for European Episcopal Conferences to help relocate refugees stuck in Lesbos and other reception camps in Greece.
“We need a kind of woman church within our church where women can discover and live their own strengths, abilities and charisms — in the sense of empowerment”, an influential German female theologian has insisted.
A national “lay” congress in Spain has left a bittersweet taste in some participants’ mouths due to the over-clericalisation of the event, with one attendee claiming that “priests should give us [laypeople] oxygen to breathe”.
The Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, has warned that “laity are not to be seen as ‘auxiliaries of the hierarchy,’ but as equally responsible for the faith”.
A “synodal path” participant who describes themself as non-binary caused a sensation in the German Church by speaking truth to power at the first synodal assembly in Frankfurt.
It almost got lost in the excitement of democracy and reform in the Church at the first German synodal assembly, but two bishops at the assembly called there for “widening, opening and change” on Catholic LGBT+ doctrine.
A Portuguese divorced and remarried Catholic couple have thanked their cardinal and Pope Francis for enabling their return to communion.
Primacy of conscience, true equality, freedom of expression… Austrian Catholics have drawn up a “charter of fundamental rights in the Church”.
“No woman in the world wants to be oppressed. Every woman wants to be respected in her dignity”, a member of a Catholic women’s rights group has implored.
The long-awaited “synodal path” Church reform process gets underway formally today in Germany, with youth and the laity dreaming of Church “democratisation”.