The German Bishops’ head has said he will seek a world synod on issues such as the ordination of women and blessings for gay couples.
The empty churches during the coronavirus pandemic are a “prophetic” sign of the need for Catholic reform, an Italian missionary has written.
The Vatican has been accused of a “petty and embarrassing” intervention in parish mergers in a German diocese.
A German bishop of the Amazon region has insisted the debate on the possible introduction in the Church of married male priests and female deacons is not over.
A German cardinal has warned that the Church is “in crisis” and for that reason changes are “inevitable”. – “Church…
An Irish diocese is preparing for life without priests, and warning that by 2035, just fifteen years away, between just five to seven priests will be serving the diocese’s 22 parishes.
The Austrian Bishops will meet next week, among other things to elect a new chairman. The laity of the country, meanwhile, are asking their pastors for more synodality and more women in Church leadership.
The new German Bishops’ head has said he wants eventual permission from Rome to ordain women deacons.
Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, announced that Pope Francis will convene the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2022, with the theme, “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission”.
Divorce, gays, the sexuality of religious… pushes to revise Catholic sexual morality are gathering steam in Germany.
“Lack of reforms” and “rigid structures” are some of the factors being blamed for a wave of mass Church desertions in a German diocese.
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.
The new ‘Francis bishops’ at the helm of the Spanish Episcopal Conference are looking like they could finally bring the Spanish Church and country up to date.
The German Bishops have chosen as their new President a reformer in favour of optional celibacy and more power for women.
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.
German Catholic women are pushing for a new female Bishops’ secretary after the incumbent in that post today said he would be stepping down.
In the face of hatred, fear, and division, Pope Francis called Sunday on the Christian communities of the Mediterranean to recognise the inherent unity of the region’s multiculturalism.
At the invitation of the Italian Episcopal Conference, various leaders of the Churches of the Mediterranean region have been meeting in Bari, Italy this past week. Pope Francis joined them on Sunday morning and offered words of encouragement and vision.
The President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, has thanked Pope Francis for the “loud cry of the Church for the rights of poor” that he raised in his post-Amazon Synod apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia.
A group of French laypeople has said Pope Francis’ post-Amazon Synod apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia, is an invitation to be “inventive” in the Church “without waiting for the hierarchy”.
From their Bari synod, the bishops of the Mediterranean have denounced that European “economic interests” in the region “do not always reflect evangelical principles”.
On the first day of their Bari ‘synod’ Wednesday, 60 bishops from 20 countries around the Mediterranean deplored the “economic and interested wall” dividing the countries around that sea.
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.
A Spanish-Moroccan cardinal has blasted Europe for holding to a “nearsighted, selfish, individualistic and unfair” migration policy.
A Vatican and an Italian cardinal are looking forward to the Bari ‘synod’ that begins today with bishops from all around the ‘Mare Nostrum’ as the start of a “great Mediterranean spring”.
“We need a kind of woman church within our church where women can discover and live their own strengths, abilities and charisms — in the sense of empowerment”, an influential German female theologian has insisted.
“We need more women in Church leadership positions who then become the superiors of priests”, German cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has declared.