“A significant segment of the Catholic hierarchy has absolutely no interest in ‘draining the swamp'”, as the Vatican McCarrick Report and the “absurd theatre” in the Archdiocese of Cologne show
Youth, workers’ and women’s associations call for “courage, strength, confidence and openness” to recommit to ‘Synodal Path’ reform dialogue
“Many individual bishops continue to prioritize Catholic sexual teaching against homosexual acts over and above Catholic social teaching and its prohibition against discrimination”
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 Church is all male, all the time. We really need to look at that”, acknowledges Fr. Kevin McNamara in a documentary on Irish television
“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”
A German bishop is hoping for change in what he regards as “discriminatory” Catholic sexual morality.
Belief in the virgin birth comes from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Their birth stories are different, but both present Mary as a virgin when she became pregnant with Jesus. Mary and Joseph begin their sexual relationship following Jesus’ birth, and so Jesus has brothers and sisters.
A German vicar general has called for equal rights for women in Church leadership and an “open debate” on Catholic “fundamental questions”.
The head of a key German committee of laypeople has insisted that a “positive attitude” and a “good mood” are still reigning in the ‘synodal path’ Church reform process in the country.
A group of French Catholics has lined up behind the Pope, issuing a stirring call to all the faithful to commit to Franciscan reforms.
Pope Francis has encouraged the German Church to make “good progress” in its ‘synodal path’ reform process.
The new Austrian Bishops’ chair started a process to look into same-sex blessings but did not commission or approve a book in favour of the same, his spokesperson has claimed.
The new head of the Austrian Bishops appears open to a rethink of Catholic doctrine on homosexuality and has commissioned a book on gay blessings.
A German bishop has warned that the Church’s ‘synodal path’ reform process must succeed or else Catholicism in the country “will become a sect”.
Despite a cardinal’s objections, the German Bishops’ president has insisted that that country’s Church’s ‘synodal path’ reform process is “alive and kicking”.
German Church figures have criticised a bishop who pulled out of the ‘synodal path’ over alleged “dissent” in the reform process, accusing him of a “simplification” of doctrine and of issues involved in the discussions.
“If a gay couple lives with faithfulness, can’t we say their relationship is blessed by God?”, the German Bishops’ head has asked.
Divorce, gays, the sexuality of religious… pushes to revise Catholic sexual morality are gathering steam in Germany.
The new German Bishops’ chair has said the place of women in the Church is the “most urgent question” for the future of the institution.
A German bishop is shaking his head at the “loud, loveless and terrifyingly excessive criticism” of the national Church’s “synodal path” reform process as path working groups meet today for the first time.
A German theologian has insisted that Church same-sex blessings are “entirely possible” even under current Catholic doctrine.
It’s full steam ahead in Germany for that country’s Church’s “synodal path” reforms despite the Pope’s ‘no’ for the moment to worldwide change in his post-Amazon Synod apostolic exhortation.
“We need more women in Church leadership positions who then become the superiors of priests”, German cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has declared.
A German archbishop has said that that country’s ‘synodal path’ participants are not “revolutionaries”, but instead are seeking a better “Church of the future”.
A Portuguese divorced and remarried Catholic couple have thanked their cardinal and Pope Francis for enabling their return to communion.
The first assembly of the German “synodal path” has voted to make resolutions dependent on a majority of female delegates accepting them.