A German bishop has fired back at Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah for their controversial statements on mandatory priestly celibacy, recalling that the discipline is “not an unchangeable Church law”.
Catholic baptisms have taken a plunge in Switzerland as the tradition of the Christian rite of initiation takes on water in the country.
Joseph Stalin could have become a good Church leader if he had graduated from the Seminary and had not left the Church, the Educational Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church suggested, according to Interfax-religion.
Married and secularised Italian priests are urging Pope Francis “not to be intimidated” by the Pope Benedict-Cardinal Sarah conspiracy and to push ahead with optional priestly celibacy.
A German prelate urged pastors to better persuade and convince, explaining that “people no longer swallow something just because a bishop says it”.
An Irish priest has weighed into the celibacy debate, saying that “married priests should be the most normal thing in the world”.
German laypeople have accused Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah of creating “division” in Church with their “irresponsible” anti-optional celibacy stance as revealed in a polemical new book.
Pope Francis spoke in his homily this morning at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta about the harm done by “incoherent” Christians and “schizophrenic” pastors who do not bear witness and thus distance themselves from the Lord’s way of doing things, from His authentic “authority”.
A bombshell has landed in the Vatican, with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI requesting his name and image be removed from the controversial pro-celibacy book Cardinal Robert Sarah insisted the two co-wrote.
A Sicilian archbishop has reminded Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah that Francis is the pope and as such he makes the decisions on the Church’s discipline of priestly celibacy.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has co-authored a book with Cardinal Robert Sarah, one of Pope Francis’ fiercest opponents, in which both plead against ordaining married men.