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German Catholic bishop dismisses cardinal’s fear that ‘Synodal Way’ could lead to split

CNA Staff, September 18, 2020 The president of the German bishops’ conference dismissed Friday suggestions that the controversial “Synodal Way” could lead to a split in the Church. Bishop Georg Bätzing made the comment Sept. 18 after Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne said that... read more

Caution, panic a delicate balance in Rome as coronavirus empties city

By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, March 5, 2020 ROME - With more events being cancelled and popular sites growing increasingly vacant amid Italy’s coronavirus outbreak, many in Rome find themselves torn between exercising caution and wanting to avoid panic. Speaking of the recent decision to send... read more

German Jesuit, Key Influence on ‘Synodal Path,’ Resigns Position

As secretary of the German bishops’ conference, the Jesuit priest has shaped the direction of the German Church for the past quarter century and has been a leading figure behind its controversial current ‘synodal path.’ By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, February 25,... read more

Prominent German Catholics publicly resist bishops’ plan to ‘Protestantize’ Church in Germany

German profs, journalists, and other Catholic personalities have banded together to oppose the German bishops’ synodal path. By Maike Hickson, LifeSite, February 26, 2020 Prominent German Catholics who are faithful to the Church and her perennial teachings have come out publicly to... read more

UK health service clarifies policy to deny care to ‘homophobic’ patients

By Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency, February 19, 2020 Britain’s National Health Service has clarified a new policy that will allow patients found to be homophoic, racist, and sexist to be denied non-emergency treatment. “A person’s personal beliefs or any historical views... read more

German theologian spearheads transition to a ‘gender appropriate’ Catholic Church

By Claire Giangrave, National catholic Reporter, February 19, 2020 From left, Cardinal Michael Czerny, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri and Sister Augusta de Oliveira hold a copy of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" written by Pope Francis during a press conference at the... read more

One in four new Catholic priests in Europe is Polish – but numbers are falling

Notes from Poland, February 17, 2020 One in four ordainments of Catholic diocesan priests in Europe takes place in Poland, according to data from the Polish Institute for Catholic Church Statistics. But the number of new priests is falling overall, while there has been a rise in the number... read more

German Catholic cardinal causes outrage with Nazi comparison

A cardinal has caused upset by likening German church reform talks taking place this week with Hitler's rise to power. The cleric and other conservatives say the lay-ecclesiastical synod could undermine papal teachings. Kardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller (picture alliance/Stefano Spaziani) There... read more

In new interview Cardinal Marx speaks on same-sex blessings

Catholic News Agency, December 24, 2019 Cardinal Reinhard Marx has expressed the view that homosexual couples can receive a Church blessing “in the sense of a pastoral accompaniment” in the Catholic Church, but not in a manner that resembles marriage. In an interview with the German... read more

Pope denounces ‘rigidity’ as he warns of Christian decline

By Nicole Winfield, Daily Independent, December 21, 2019 VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that "rigidity" in living out the Christian faith is creating a "minefield" of hatred and misunderstanding in a world where Christianity is increasing irrelevant. Francis called for... read more
World AIDS Day charity concert, St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, Vienna, Nov. 30, 2018.

Vienna Cardinal Schönborn to host ‘blasphemous’ pro-LGBT benefit concert in Cathedral again

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite News, November 30, 2018. Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn is yet again allowing a pro-LGBT benefit concert to take place in Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral. Tshugguel said he is less concerned about “Conchita Wurst’s”... read more