Celibacy, Priestly

Coming Out of the Closet

By Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, Catholic Thing, February 20, 2020 At times, priests reveal intimate secrets about themselves from the pulpit. I’ve always hesitated to do so mostly because a sermon should be about Jesus, and innermost secrets and feelings are none of your business. But there are... read more

Disappointment, outrage over papal document on the Amazon

By Heidi Schlumpf, National Catholic Reporter, February 12, 2020 Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the Amazon disappointed those hoping for an opening of clerical roles to married men and women, with many noting that the pope failed to extend his prophetic voice about environmental... read more
Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Cardinal Marx to step down as head of German bishops

By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, February 11, 2020 ROME - On Tuesday, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx announced that he will not seek a second term as head of the national bishops’ conference, citing age and a desire to spend more time in his archdiocese as key reasons for the decision. Marx, who... read more
Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Cardinal Marx says married priests still up for debate: ‘By no means is it off the table’

By Martin Burger, LifeSiteNews, February 12, 2020 Cardinal Marx and Catholic organizations in Germany insists the allowance of married priests is still open for discussion after publication of the Pope’s Amazon Synod exhortation. BONN, GermanyCardinal Reinhard Marx has emphasized that the... read more

Francis declines to answer Amazon synod’s requests for married priests, women ministers

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, February 12, 2020 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has not granted a request from the Catholic bishops of the Amazon to allow for the priestly ordination of married men in their territories in order to address a severe lack of ministers across the... read more

German ‘Synodal Path’ Aims to Shape Vatican Decisions, Says Plan’s Architect

‘We believe it is unacceptable that all issues decided in Rome, now and in the future, should be taken largely without the participation of the local Churches,’ Jesuit Father Hans Langendörfer told a German newspaper. Edward Pentin Blog, January 30, 2020 One of the chief architects of... read more

Cardinal Sarah Calls For End to ‘Sterile Controversy’ Over Celibacy Book

The Vatican cardinal urges the faithful to cease discussing ‘ridiculous side issues’ over the book and to read the ‘essential question’ it covers instead. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, January 27, 2020 Cardinal Robert Sarah has given a robust defense of his and... read more

Secret Vatican letter to bishops: Pope’s final doc on Amazon Synod coming within a month

The Apostolic Exhortation is to have the same name as the preparatory document for the Synod: 'New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.' By John-Henry Westen, LifeSite News, January 14, 2020 The Pope wants to publish a final document on the Amazon Synod by early February, if... read more

Bishop Schneider defends Cardinal Sarah for his ‘heroic’ book on priestly celibacy

‘One might say that the intervention of Cardinal Sarah has provoked, so to speak, the anger of hell.’ By Diane Montagna, LifeSite News, January 14, 2020 Bishop Athanasius Schneider is speaking out in strong support of Cardinal Robert Sarah for his new book with Benedict XVI defending... read more

Cardinal Sarah letters prove Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI knowingly collaborated on celibacy book.

By Nicole Winfield, Crux, January 14, 2020 ROME - The Vatican cardinal who co-authored a bombshell book with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI reaffirming priestly celibacy on Tuesday strongly denied he manipulated the retired pope into publishing. Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, who heads the... read more

In surprise, Benedict openly defends clerical celibacy as Francis considers married priests

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, January 12, 2020VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has coauthored a new book defending the Catholic Church's practice of a celibate priesthood, in a shocking move that comes as Pope Francis is considering the possibility of allowing older,... read more

The Synod’s Dissenters