“I cannot imagine Pope Francis wanting to prevent democratic decisions” on future of Church, says president of Central Committee of German Catholics after pontiff’s controversial remarks at Wednesday General Audience
Catholic Women’s Association of Germany decries that in the Church “maintaining power takes precedence over the suffering of the victims” of abuse
Youth, workers’ and women’s associations call for “courage, strength, confidence and openness” to recommit to ‘Synodal Path’ reform dialogue
As a result of prelate’s failure to publish key report on negligence, “much lies in ruins and the Church has lost credibility”, laments Diocesan Council
“The release of the McCarrick Report shows that bishops wield excessive power and may use it for self-interest as opposed to the good of the Church… For far too long, bishops have acted like temporal lords in their respective dioceses without proper safeguards to temper this lordship”
“Mechanisms need to be found to ensure that the whole diocesan people of God is adequately represented” in the nomination of their shepherd, insists Bishop of Basel Felix Gmür
Cardinal O’Malley admits no longer enough for Church to apologise for abuse as Cardinal Cupich urges Catholics to “seize this moment” to eliminate “sin of clericalism”
“Power in the Church is in priestly hands, and we women have no right to it as long as we are denied the priesthood”, denounces academic Isabel Gómez Acebo
“No matter how you look at it, this dismissal does not sound like the Gospel, but quite the opposite: exclusion, intolerance and discrimination”, they decry
Doris Wagner Reisinger says simultaneous Catholic emphasis on conscience and obedience is a “strange logical contradiction” that fosters abuse
Bishops’ liturgy commission head acknowledges “there is no such thing as a space free of power” in the Church, welcomes open discussion of Catholic exercise of authority
German Bishops’ ecumenism head shares impression Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith “hastily cobbled together” response to the intercommunion question
July document on mission of local churches was addressed to bishops, so bishops are Vatican’s dialogue partners, insists Congregation for Clergy Prefect Cardinal Beniamino Stella
“Where are the signs of openness, of the end of a clerical self-segregation?”, wonders the “All Women Apostles!” collective
Junia was described by St. Paul as “prominent among the apostles” but was airbrushed from later Church tradition
After 18 years at the helm, Archbishop of Avignon trying to “save face” seven months out from likely retirement, laypeople denounce
Urge “fundamental renewal of our Church” so that “women are taken seriously with their vocations and take on leadership responsibility”
“We must promote the integration of women in the places in which important decisions are taken”, insists Francis at the Angelus
French laypeople have decried the “huge damage” being done by clericalism, and have demanded a say in a much-needed “rebirth of the Church”.
A Spanish theologian has said that the marginalisation of women is an “enormous impoverishment” for the Church.
In 2012 Fr Tony Flannery was punished by the C.D.F. for publishing articles about the ordination of women, the priesthood and LGBTQ+ people. Since then he has been removed from public ministry.
A former Irish president has blasted the “self-serving… little old men” running the Church, warning them “people are walking away” from Catholicism “in droves”.
Irish Catholics are calling on their bishops to ensure “real and meaningful” lay participation in the “new” Church post-pandemic.
A leaked questionnaire on potential bishops has pointed up shortcomings in the Vatican appointments process.
German Catholic women have demanded that their bishops address the power imbalance in the Church, denouncing that in Catholicism “we women are still a long way from being where we belong”.
500 Catholic women worldwide have clamoured in an online liturgy for women’s ordination, hearing a sermon that asked: “What have we done with the God of Mary’s Magnificat?”
As Catholics working together for a renewed Church, we stand proudly in solidarity with Irish Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery in the face of continued threats and bullying from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) over his support for women’s ordination and the full dignity of LGBT+ persons.