Posts Tagged ‘Amazon Synod 2019’

Women can be in charge of a parish Comments 0

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Catholic bishops are not making full use of Church law, says Cardinal Oswald Gracias. Gracias is one the eight-member Council of Cardinals Pope Francis established in 2013 to help with governing the Catholic Church and reforming its central administration. Women may perform most of the roles currently undertaken by men, he maintains. Noting that while Read more

Cardinal Muller changes tune on married priests Comments 0

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Catholics, especially in the German-speaking world, were surprised to hear that Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, once strongly favoured the ordination of married men. Not only in remote areas but also in large city parishes. More recently, on 11 October, Müller told the Tagespost that “not even the Read more

Why ‘Pachamama’ took a dip Comments 0

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Last week, Vatican Media interviewed Fr. Paulo Suess, a German priest who has served for decades among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. Fr. Suess is in Rome as an official of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, and is regarded there as an expert on the region. The priest was asked about a Read more

Synod concludes leaving a lot on Pope Francis’ plate Comments 0

Thursday, October 31st, 2019
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Heading into the much-heralded Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, there was considerable speculation about whether the summit would, or would not, endorse married priests, the so-called viri probati, as a solution to the region’s chronic priest shortages. Along the way, there was also a fair bit of chatter about ordaining women deacons as a Read more

Critics missing the global importance of Amazon synod Comments 0

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Peter Hünermann, one of the world’s leading Catholic theologians and an expert on the Second Vatican Council, says the “Amazon Synod” is an integral part of the process for Church reform that Pope Francis mapped out at the very start of his pontificate more than six years ago. The 90-year-old German priest-professor recently told the Read more

The dishonest cruelty of the thief who drowned Our Lady of the Amazon Comments 0

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

What incenses me the most about the theft of the icon of Our Lady of the Amazon from a Rome church this week is that the person who filmed themselves stealing it, and then throwing it in the River Tiber, genuflects on the way into the church. It is a deep, confident knee-to-the-floor genuflection; the Read more

Ultra-conservative Catholics stole and dumped “pagan”statues Comments 0

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Ultra-conservative Catholics who stole and dumped “pagan”statues in Rome’s Tiber River and published videos of the theft on social media are guilty of fomenting hate. Vatican editorial director Andrea Tornielli says the wooden figures of nude pregnant women were on display along with other Amazon artifacts at a church near the Vatican. Although some people Read more

Ordination of married men may be subject of further study Comments 0

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Ordination of married men will probably be the subject of further post-Amazon synod study. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who is the Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, says the study would aim to ensure “the Church can take a consistent position, not only in view of the Amazon, but in Read more

Decision time begins for Amazon bishops as synod enters final week Comments 0

Monday, October 21st, 2019

As the synod on the Amazon region enters it final week,  the bishops gathered here to discuss the region’s challenges and make recommendations to Pope Francis will begin preparing their final report. Their words could have profound impact not only on the Amazon but the entire church, as the ideas they present about protecting the Read more

Married priests for Amazon straightforward, say canon lawyers Comments 0

Monday, October 21st, 2019
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If the prelates attending the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops for the Amazon ask that Pope Francis allow married priests to address a lack of Catholic ministers across the nine-nation region, the path for implementing such a proposal is fairly straightforward, say four eminent canon lawyers. Although the canonists have slightly different ideas about the concrete Read more