“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.
The Swiss Bishops have given 10,000 francs to the German Churches’ refugee rescue efforts in the Mediterranean.
The Finnish Catholic Church is struggling for survival, with just eight parishes in a country of 300,000 square kilometres.
The first assembly of the German “synodal path” has voted to make resolutions dependent on a majority of female delegates accepting them.
The Austrian Church has hit out at the government over its proposal to ban the hijab for girls and over its “faith tests” for Christian-convert refugees.
The Polish Church has plunged to new lows of public trust, and priests are knocking door-to-door for donations.
President of Finland Sauli Niinistö has suggested that the vandalism on Holocaust Remembrance Day was a token of broader racism, and pledged to take action.
An Irish bishop has warned of “a new culture which is trying to undo the truths of the entire Judeo-Christian system from the ground up”.
An Italian bishop has banned the practice of having sponsors at the sacrament of Confirmation, lamenting that the people chosen by candidates are often too “sinful” for the role.
Tensions and frustrations are boiling over in the Irish Church as priests and laypeople beg their bishops for real reform.
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.
A German prelate urged pastors to better persuade and convince, explaining that “people no longer swallow something just because a bishop says it”.
The latest results of research on Poles’ religiosity are similar to data from last year. Poles’ religiosity is stable and remains at a similar level.
“Wherever someone spreads fear – of hell or whatever else – the Gospel cannot have an effect”, German cardinal Reinhard Marx has said.
A Dutch Catholic weekly is warning the faithful that “the decline in church attendance has not yet reached its lowest point in the Netherlands; the big wave of church closures is yet to come”.
“Building Europe together: 50 years of the Holy See in the Council of Europe”. This is the central theme of the colloquium organised in the Faculty of Theology of the University of Strasbourg, from January 7 to 9, 2020.
A Spanish archbishop has proclaimed his respect for same-sex families, adding moreover that “the Gospel never condemns” these relationships.
The Irish Government is being accused of opacity and discrimination for spending €10 million a year in public funding for religious chaplains in State secondary schools.
A German bishop is pushing the Church to reform, warning that simply repeating existing doctrines is no longer enough.
A German Catholic bishop has welcomed the proposal of a Protestant counterpart to establish ecumenical congregations across denominational lines.
An association of Irish priests is renewing its call to the country’s bishops to remedy the lack of lay involvement in parishes.
37,000 Spanish laypeople have denounced the Church’s “excessive clericalism” and “high degree of paternalism”.
A veteran Italian exorcist has blamed secularisation for a rise in what he has called “aggressive Satanism”.
Grassroots Christians have hit out at a Spanish cardinal and Catholic lobbies trying to block a left-wing Government already in advanced coalition talks.
Pope Francis’ discourse to the Roman Curia on Saturday 21 December, was important both in terms of what he said, and how he said it.
A demographic cliff is forcing the French Church to tackle the arrangements for retirement of aged priests, as well as their replacements.