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.
For the first time in history, the number of female clergy in the Church of Sweden has surpassed that of their male counterparts, the Church newspaper Kyrkans Tidning reported.
The pandemic we are suffering is not only a misfortune but also a great teacher which is teaching us important things we could not have imagined.
A theologian has proposed a solution to the shortage of priests: that the Church recognise the “wealth of vocations” of all the baptised.
The vice-provincial of the Pallottine German-Austrian province has called for women’s ordination and part-time married priests, reasoning that “something must change” in the Church as a response to a new call from God and to stop the hemorrhage of faithful.
A pioneering German layman is taking on the role of ‘pastor’ of a parish, saying that his appointment to a role usually reserved for priests “is only the beginning of new paths we are taking” in the Church.
“We became priests to bless people, not to curse them”, a Spanish priest has explained of his LGBTQ outreach.
A theologian has accused the German Bishops of perpetuating clericalism with their new priestly training plans.
A layman has taken joint charge of a parish in the German diocese of Münster as an auxiliary bishop there has admitted “there are simply not enough priests” to take on the duties of pastor.
Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, the infamous 1994 apostolic letter by Pope St. John Paul II on “reserving priestly ordination to men alone,” was a brutal abuse of religious authority.
A group of German nuns has denounced that their “dependence” on priests as female religious “takes away our dignity”.
On the women deacons issue, a US expert has said that the Pope is waiting for a more forceful demand for that ministry to come from the faithful.
A renowned German Benedictine and Pope ‘guru’ has claimed that “there are no theological reasons against the priesthood of women”.
Cardinal Michael Czerny, the under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, celebrated the ordination mass Sunday of 18 deacons and two priests, members of the Society of Jesus, in the Church of the Gesù in Rome.
Theologians have blasted “naive and clueless” German Bishops over their proposed changes to seminarians’ training.
“Why not include women in the college of cardinals?”, a member of the new Vatican female deacons commission has asked.
“The way we treat women’s bodies reveals our level of humanity”, Pope Francis has pleaded today on End Sexual Violence in Conflict Day.
The Association of Catholic Priests, a group representing over 1,000 priests in Ireland, is warning of “unease, upset and anger” among clerics over the public health responsibility some are even being “bullied” into taking on in the post-COVID-19 return to public Masses.
“It is not for anyone to deny us vocations just because we are women”, German laywomen have warned bishops.
Priests in Poland are rebelling against a sex abuse cover-up-accused bishop, refusing to sign letters of loyalty to him.
A German bishop of the Amazon region has insisted the debate on the possible introduction in the Church of married male priests and female deacons is not over.
At Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Friday, the Pope prayed for teachers and students during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Spanish priests are donating part of their salary to the economic victims of COVID-19, saying “God wants us to get closer to his people”.