Papal confidant Father Antonio Spadaro SJ says the next pope “wont be able to go back” on Francis’ reforms.
German bishops are protesting en masse over the “absurd” and “theologically deficient” Vatican instruction on parish reform.
A German bishop has come out swinging against the new Vatican instruction on parish life, doubling-down on the German Church’s ‘synodal path’ as the “only answer to this Roman challenge”.
German dioceses are accusing the Vatican of harbouring a “fundamental fear of the visibility of the laity” in its new instruction on parish life.
A nun has spoken out for more leadership for women in Catholicism, insisting that on that issue “the Lord wants a change in the Church”.
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.
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.
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”.
Pope Francis has encouraged the German Church to make “good progress” in its ‘synodal path’ reform process.
The German Bishops are pledging “courageous changes” in the Church to stem the hemorrhage of Catholics.
The role of bishops is at stake in a Vatican intervention to stop German parish mergers, a canon lawyer and theologian has warned.
The former Benedictine Abbot Primate has questioned the hierarchies the Church takes for granted, saying “I find none of it in the Gospels”.
An Austrian priest theologian has asked the new head of the Bishops’ Conference of that country for a permanent “Church parliament” of laypeople and clergy.
Admitting to feeling “a bit depressed”, a German bishop is rethinking parish mergers in his diocese after what he called a “massive Roman intervention”.
The new head of the Portuguese Bishops has criticised the “sect mentality” in Church and its attachment to “fetishistic realities of the past”.
Three years ago the Association of Catholic Priests, the Association of Catholics in Ireland and We Are Church Ireland, wrote a joint letter to all the Irish bishops requesting them to make public their quinquennial reports to the Vatican.
The German Bishops’ Conference vice-president has insisted that the debate over women priests is “not over”, and has signalled his wish to take the issue both to a “European Synod” and to the Pope himself.
A German theologian has claimed that Pope Francis’ post-Amazon Synod apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia seeks to end the “clerical monopoly” in the Church and clear the way for women cardinals.
“It is not for anyone to deny us vocations just because we are women”, German laywomen have warned bishops.
“Anyone who is against the admission of women to all ordained ministries is also against the genuine equality of rights between women and men”, German laypeople have cried.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has joined the growing chorus of voices for more women’s leadership in Church, saying that the matter is “urgent”.
The Vatican has been accused of “cementing clericalism” with its ‘no’ to a German diocese’s parish merger plan.
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”.
French Catholic women are pushing their bishops for a German-style ‘synodal path’ in which “to envision the Church of tomorrow”, saying that “the future of Catholicism depends on synod-like dialogue between clergy and laity”.
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.
The chair of the German Bishops’ Conference has warned that without more options for women’s leadership, “the Church will soon be finished”.