“Laïcité has increasingly become an expression of French identity. It now acts as a touchstone for ‘le vivre-ensemble’: how French people can live together”
“The sheer scope makes you feel some kind of shock. There are some things that indicate that there is an anger directed at us”, denounces parish priest
“The Church must touch hearts not by constant condemnation but by opening hearts realistically to joy and hope”, urges Diarmuid Martin
Bishop Georg Bätzing wants “intensive” dialogue with Rome, pledge ecumenical advances will be “examined and acted upon” as Evangelical Church expresses “deep regret” at CDF veto
Pope’s moving ‘Urbi et orbi’ blessing at the height of the pandemic was a farewell to the “Church triumphant”, says Protestant theologian and sociologist Reimer Gronemeyer
The Old Continent again records the global Church’s largest fall in number of priests, major seminarians and women religious
“The Church is all male, all the time. We really need to look at that”, acknowledges Fr. Kevin McNamara in a documentary on Irish television
The president is using religious language at a much higher rate than any predecessor. And the rhetoric is only increasing
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”
French laypeople have decried the “huge damage” being done by clericalism, and have demanded a say in a much-needed “rebirth of the Church”.
Houses of worship may be busier than usual come Election Day as Americans head to the polls rather than the pews.
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.
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.
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has said that the COVID-19 pandemic is the right time to settle the debt Europe has accrued with Africa after having exploited its resources.
A German priest has urged the Church to shed the “ballast” of those traditions he believes are “hindering” it.
A German bishop has said the need for Catholic renewal is not about saving the Church but instead about rediscovering the gospel.
An Irish cleric has called for a “a radical reappraisal and an honest dialogue about what has gone wrong with vocations of priesthood” in order to turn around the “abysmal” vocations slide.
“We can no longer build our Christianity and Church life on traditions alone”, a German bishop has alerted.
A severe lack of lay theologians and a public perception of division are giving the German Church even more reasons to push on with its ‘synodal path’ reforms.
The German Church is at loggerheads over Bishops’ plans to reform seminaries, with a debate between a theologian and a prelate responsible for the proposals the latest show of tension over the issue.
In the wake of the massive protests around the world against racism and colonialism, calls have been made to do away with the cross on the Swedish flag because it represents the nation’s Christian heritage and the oppression it allegedly stands for.
The income the German Church receives from the ‘Church tax’ has hit a new high despite the record drop recently recorded in Catholic membership.
German dioceses are pressing ahead with massive cuts to the number of their parishes despite Vatican objections.
The number of Spaniards self-identifying as Catholics and attending Mass regularly has fallen to a new low, as the Church in the country is also being forced to close convents and monasteries due to a decline in the ranks of active and contemplative religious and a lack of new vocations.
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.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has lamented that some Catholics find it “strange” that “the Church has to learn, not only from herself but also from history”.