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
Nun: “We need the women’s priesthood today: we cannot postpone it to Saint Never’s Day”
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.
Portuguese Catholics have blasted a cardinal and a bishop for their “disappointing and undesirable conservatism”.
A Swiss bishop is calling for a Church Council on the ordination of women.
German Catholic women are protesting for equal rights in Church, insisting that “bringing the Word of God to the people is not a task reserved for men alone”.
“Only women can reform the Church because they are not compromised by power”, a Vatican expert has said.
The chairman of the German Bishops has said that the female diaconate is “very legitimate” and has warned that if women leave “the existence of the Church is in danger”.
The head of the German Bishops’ Conference has clapped back at the cardinal of Cologne after he warned of the danger of schism emerging from the German Church’s ‘synodal path’ reform process.
Church reform groups have blasted the Vatican for bullying a “courageous” Irish priest in favour of women’s ordination and gay marriage, telling Roman authorities to “get a grip”.
In Germany, women are already studying to become deacons, arguing that “gender equality and diaconality are indispensable for the future of the Church”.
The Catholic dean of Frankfurt has called for a “separation of powers” in the Church to reverse the institution’s “landslide loss of reputation and trust”.
The Cologne archdiocese in Germany is planning to slash the number of its parishes from 500 currently to 50 or 60 in ten years.
German women have decried the “arrogance and ignorance” of the system of “male dominance” in Catholicism, issuing a powerful plea for female-friendly change in the Church: “Instead of monarchy and hierarchy, democracy and empathy!”
German-speaking youth have urged their bishops to bring about gender justice in Catholicism, saying “only in this way can the Church be a strong voice for freedom”.