“If we received a sacrament in order to serve, how then, called to serve, could we say no?”, ask couple, 44 and 42, parents of two children
New Archbishop of Zaragoza laments Church’s “clumsiness” in reforming itself: “The Church is like a Titanic and she needs time to make the reforms she has to make”
A nun has blasted clericalist priests, reminding them that “‘to be holy’ cannot mean uptight, superior, arrogant, contemptuous of women, hypocritical…”.
A German archbishop and an Austrian bishop are seeking more debate on the ordination of women, saying that on that question “the discussion is still alive”.
From her ‘parish’ without a priest, a German abbess is hoping for “radical changes” on gender equality in the Church.
German bishops are protesting en masse over the “absurd” and “theologically deficient” Vatican instruction on parish reform.
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.
A theologian has proposed a solution to the shortage of priests: that the Church recognise the “wealth of vocations” of all the baptised.
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.
The head of Germany’s highest lay body has urged the ordination of married male and female priests to halt what he has called the “catastrophe” of the slide in vocations to the priesthood.
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.
A group of German nuns has denounced that their “dependence” on priests as female religious “takes away our dignity”.
An Irish diocese is preparing for life without priests, and warning that by 2035, just fifteen years away, between just five to seven priests will be serving the diocese’s 22 parishes.
A missionary has warned that the cancellations of public Masses all over the world due to the coronavirus threat will soon become a permanent reality, thanks to the lack of priests.
Poland is in the grip of a “true vocations crisis”, but the country is still home to one-in-four new priests in Europe, statistics have shown.
The Primate of All Ireland has admitted, on married priests, that “I am very much open to the idea of this, and I think Pope Francis is too”.
Priests and bishops are disappointed with Pope Francis for “simply kicking the can down the road” on the relaxation of compulsory priestly celibacy in ‘Querida Amazonía’.
“Something is very wrong”; “the clock is ticking”. These are some of the latest reactions as the “crisis point” in the Irish Church reaches an apocalyptic level.
An Italian theologian has levelled accusations of a “serious distortion of the truth” at the ultraconservatives trying to blackmail Pope Francis with accusations of heresy if the pontiff allows optional celibacy for priests.
Is Church reform finally coming to Ireland? A new bishop has said he supports a “national gathering” for “deep reflection” on the Church’s future.
Tensions and frustrations are boiling over in the Irish Church as priests and laypeople beg their bishops for real reform.
For almost a thousand years, Roman Catholic priests have been required to be celibate. But this age-old practice is now under fire, with the suggestion that the rules should be relaxed for the Latin American Catholic church.
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”.
The Austrian Church is facing a mass exodus, with almost 68,000 Catholics leaving in 2019, an almost 15% increase on 2018.
Catholic baptisms have taken a plunge in Switzerland as the tradition of the Christian rite of initiation takes on water in the country.
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 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.