A German bishops’ website has promoted the idea of a revision of an “out of date” Catechism and recalled the primacy of conscience in moral decision-making.
The President of the lay Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), Thomas Sternberg, has blasted the “right-wing conservative” critics of the German Church’s “synodal path” and suggested similar Church reform processes could be carried out every five years.
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.
A Spanish archbishop has proclaimed his respect for same-sex families, adding moreover that “the Gospel never condemns” these relationships.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has said gay couples can receive a blessing in the Church, “in the sense of pastoral care”, even if that blessing can’t look like or be seen to recognise a marriage ceremony.
Irish priest Brian D’Arcy has lamented that the Catholic Church’s theology of sexuality is “well past its sell-by date”.
The Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Giacomo Morandi, has rushed to clarify what he has called “distorted”, “instrumental” and downright “wrong” readings of a new Vatican study of Catholic biblical anthropology.
In a potentially groundbreaking move, the Pontifical Biblical Commission, a body of the Vatican’s dogma-deciding Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has shifted towards justifying divorce and more “pastoral care” for gays.
A German theologian has blasted “right-wing” Catholics and some Vatican officials for spreading the myth that homosexuality increases the risk of child abuse.
The German Bishops have insisted that homosexuality is “normal” and “unchangeable” and that sexual relations after divorce and remarriage is not a “serious sin”.
Two Italian bishops are welcoming divorced and remarried Catholics back to the sacraments in an historic break with Church tradition they say has been made possible by Pope Francis.
The general secretary of the German Bishops’ Conference has urged Catholics to have “less anxiety and more courage and trust” in opening up Church offices to women.
An Austrian priest has celebrated a “liturgy of thanksgiving” for two lesbians in a civil marriage who are both “believing Christians”.
Former Irish president Mary McAleese has defended herself after theologians accused her of misquoting Pope John Paul II to suggest he justified rape.
Theologians have accused former Irish President Mary McAleese of misquoting John Paul II to give the impression that he justified the rape of women.
Bishops and laypeople in Germany are billing the “synodal path” in the country’s Church that is slated to begin in December as the “last chance” to fix a “broken” Catholicism.
Poland’s Bishops are being accused of complicity in a controversial new draft law that could see teachers of sex education to children punished with five-year jail terms.
The renewal of the Pontifical Theological Institute John Paul II for Marriage and Family Sciences in Rome should not be understood “as a war between two popes”, but as “simply the continuity of the magisterium”, the Institute’s president has claimed.
The next major Vatican meet after this month’s Amazon Synod should be a forum on gender and sexuality, a leading US group of LGBTQ Catholics has suggested.
The Church is coming to know more and more about why Pope Francis’ ongoing renovation of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute
for Matrimonial and Family Science in Rome was necessary.
“The objections of Rome to the ordination of women often fail to convince”, the Bishop of Mainz in Germany, Peter Kohlgraf, has lamented.
The Pope has admitted that in the Church “we focus on sex and then we do not give weight to social injustice, slander, gossip and lies”.
The Archbishop of Krakow, in Poland, has fired three women from the archdiocesan communications office for not being married.