“Same old moth-eaten” arguments against women deacons, priests and bishops “far from convincing”, decries Dresden academic Julia Enxing
The Magisterium is “immunising itself against all reform movements”, denounces Georg Essen, the director of the Institute for Catholic Theology at Berlin’s Humboldt University
The Archbishop of Luxembourg and president of the EU Bishops warns nationalistic responses to COVID have “the explosive power to smash the EU”
“As a Church we have done a great job in making sure that homosexual people never even have the idea of turning to a priest”, laments Dresden cleric Christoph Behrens
Compulsory clerical celibacy “has done a great deal of harm”, laments Spanish-French cleric Christina Moreira
“Our position in society and the Church makes us observe things in a different way from men”, says Colombian feminist thinker Isabel Corpas de Posada
Bishop of Innsbruck Hermann Glettler admits “inequality” in admission to ordained ministries “difficult to justify”
“There is no future in yesterday’s answers”, explains Bernd Hagenkord SJ, adding “nearly all” participants in German Catholicism’s renewal debates “agree we need women in the running of the Church”
Urge “fundamental renewal of our Church” so that “women are taken seriously with their vocations and take on leadership responsibility”
“If we rule out reform, we are no longer Church”, warns former abbot of Einsiedeln Martin Werlen
Nun: “We need the women’s priesthood today: we cannot postpone it to Saint Never’s Day”
A German priest has gone viral with a sermon backing the ordination of women and the blessing of gay couples and blasting Catholic “bouncers”.
After individual meetings over the past month with the Pope’s nuncio in Paris, Frenchwomen aiming to shatter the stained-glass ceiling and access traditionally male-only Catholic roles have shared their dream of an “egalitarian Church truly inspired by the message of Christ”.
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 German bishop has criticised reform-phobic Catholics, reminding them that “Catholicism is not armour, but backbone”.
The struggle of women to occupy important positions in the Church took an important step forward this Friday when the last of seven women “apostles” who are asking for equal treatment in the Church in France was received by the apostolic nuncio in that country, Celestino Migliore.
A Vaticanist is urging the Pope to bring transparency to the “circus” of disinformation on the latest round of Holy See financial scandals.
Young theologians are denouncing discrimination in the Church, asking “how could a loving God want that?”.
“Why are bishops, cardinals and popes afraid of women in the ministry?”, a theologian has asked.
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”.
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 “most urgent” issue for the Church today “is to correct its gender imbalance”, an Irish nun has pleaded.
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.
“Everything rigid and immovable goes against the essence of the Church and the Spirit that guides it”, a German Church historian has declared.
Afro-Brazilian priests have pleaded with Pope Francis for more Black bishops in Brazil, and have complained to the pontiff of the knee of Catholic white supremacy they say has been “pressing on our necks”.
“It is clear” that current opportunities for women in the Church are “not enough”, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has lamented.