Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Christoph Schonborn’

Two top cardinals – only men can be priests

Thursday, June 13th, 2024
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Two prominent cardinals have reaffirmed that only men can be ordained to the priesthood, aligning with Pope Francis’s recent statements. “Women cannot be called to this office” Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller stated during an interview with Swiss portal on 7 June. Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, explained Read more

German bishops pause Synodal Council plans following Vatican intervention

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024
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German bishops have postponed a crucial vote on establishing a Synodal Council following a request from the Vatican. The council was intended to be a mixed body of laity and bishops governing the Church in Germany. It was scheduled for discussion during a February 19–22 plenary assembly in Augsburg. Matthias Kopp, spokesperson for the German Read more

Francis needs ‘most help’ regarding women

Monday, November 13th, 2023

The Synod on Synodality didn’t offer “a single idea of how to meaningfully include women” says Ireland’s former president, Professor Mary McAleese. There was just a tentative suggestion that the two unpublished papal-commissioned reports on women and the diaconate be made available for the 2024 Synod, she says. Balance of power Referring to October’s synod Read more

Critics question structure and authority of Synod

Monday, October 30th, 2023

A dividing line has emerged at the Synod between those who believe this Synod, with its different process and the inclusion of lay delegates, marks a positive development and those who think it is a serious mistake. The Synod’s sceptics, who are not numerous but have been vocal, are questioning the status of the assembly: Read more

Pope could change catechism’s language on LGBTQ+ issues

Thursday, October 26th, 2023
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A prominent theologian has said the pope has the power to change the catechism’s language regarding homosexuality. However, Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who was involved in drafting the Catechism of the Catholic Church, has reinforced Church teaching on LGBTQ+ issues. Speaking at a press briefing during the Synod of Bishops on Synodality, Schönborn stated that Read more

Church cannot refuse blessing for gay couples

Monday, March 29th, 2021
Austrian cardinal criticised Vatican

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has criticised the Vatican for trying to stop priests from blessing same-sex unions. The Archbishop of Vienna has joined more than a dozen German-speaking bishops who have voiced displeasure with the Vatican’s recent effort to reinforce a ban on blessing gay couples. He said the responsum and explanation produced by the Read more

Vatican court acquits priest of soliciting in confessional

Monday, May 20th, 2019

The Vatican Supreme Court has acquitted an Austrian priest accused of making sexual advances during confession. Father Hermann Geissler who formerly worked at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith resigned from his post in January after allegations against him went public. He has always maintained his innocence. The day he resigned, the congregation Read more

Ordaining women as deacons possible

Monday, October 1st, 2018

The possibility of the Church ordaining women as deacons remains an open question, according to Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. Reflecting that he recently had ordained 14 men to the permanent diaconate, the Cardinal of Vienna said “perhaps one day also female deacons.” There had been female deacons in the Church in the past, he says. Read more

Maleness an indispensable element of priesthood

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Male-only priesthood should be held as an unchanging and “definitive” part of the Catholic faith says the head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal-designate Luis Ladaria. He says maleness is “an indispensable element” of the priesthood and the Church is “bound” by Christ’s decision only to choose male apostles. Ladaria’s opinion reflects Read more

Strengthening all family types a Church priority

Monday, July 17th, 2017

The Church is doing whatever it can to strengthen all family types, including those often considered non-traditional, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said during a recent visit to Ireland. Speaking last week at the “Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family” conference in Ireland, Schönborn endorsed family life. “[Family is]the survival network of the future” and “will remain Read more