Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich’

Cardinal Hollerich urges patience on women’s ordination

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has cautioned against hastiness in the debate over women’s ordination in the Catholic Church. In an interview with, the Luxembourg archbishop stressed “If you attack too much, you won’t achieve much. You have to be cautious, take one step at a time, and then you might be able to go very Read more

Vatican reshuffles Synod process, pushes controversial issues to 2025

Monday, March 18th, 2024
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The Vatican has postponed discussions on contentious doctrinal, ethical and pastoral issues until June 2025. It has redirected the focus of the upcoming synod towards synodality itself. The decision comes amidst growing anticipation about key matters such as women’s access to the diaconate and LGBTQ+ inclusion within the Church. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich clarified that the Read more

Cardinal Hollerich: More vocations possible for priests through marriage

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Jean-Claude Hollerich, Cardinal of Luxembourg and member of the Council of Cardinals, has spoken out in favour of the possibility of marriage for priests. “There are people who find it difficult to live a celibate life. If you gave them the choice, you could attract a few more to the priesthood,” Hollerich told the Luxembourg Read more

Synodality will change the Church

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

At the conclusion of the Synod on Synodality, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich emphasised the transformative potential of the openness and freedom experienced during the gathering. The Synod witnessed vigorous debates during small-group discussions. However Hollerich, a key figure in the month-long Vatican assembly, highlighted that even in the face of disagreements alternative solutions were found. “To Read more

Synod takeaways and next steps

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023
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The Vatican Synod’s first assembly in Rome has concluded, marking an essential milestone in the Catholic Church’s journey towards a synodal-style church. The recently published final document guides the church in the coming 11 months and, while not as concrete as some might like, it highlights the role of bishops in leading the change and Read more

Vatican Synod: Tensions, disagreements and walkouts

Monday, October 30th, 2023
Vatican synod

Tensions have erupted within Pope Francis’ Vatican Synod on the future of the Catholic Church with reports of disagreements and delegates storming out of the room. The roughly 450 bishops and lay delegates involved in the October 4-29 Synod of Bishops have faced a series of disagreements. Principally, the participation of the laity and questions Read more

Beginning today the Synod is addressing ‘some of the key points’

Monday, October 16th, 2023

Speaking at the Synod on Synodality, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich shared an introductory reflection on the “co-responsibility of the mission.” This is the subject of the third module, dedicated to section B2 of the Instrumentum laboris, or working document, which is being addressed starting today. B2 reads: “Co-responsibility in Mission: How can we better share gifts Read more

Diverse perspectives emerge at Vatican Synod

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

The Vatican Synod assembly, a month-long event determining the Catholic Church’s future, kicked off on October 4. As the 364 attendees gathered at 35 round tables in the grand Paul VI Audience Hall, the initial three days were an intriguing mix of experimentation and camaraderie. “If we act like Jesus, we will testify to God’s Read more

Ordination of women could be allowed says top papal advisor

Thursday, March 30th, 2023
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A newly named top adviser to Pope Francis believes that it might one day be possible to revisit Pope John Paul II’s prohibition on the ordination of women to the priesthood. Luxembourg Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, a leading organiser of the Vatican’s ongoing synod process, also said that the church’s language of describing LGBT persons as Read more

What’s really driving criticism of Cardinal McElroy’s call for LGBT inclusion

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023
Cardinal McElroy

When Cardinal McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, proposed in a recent America essay that the church’s ongoing synodal process demonstrates a need to be more welcoming of women and L.G.B.T. people, he set off a wave of criticism from some bishops, priests and lay Catholics who believe the church should continue to defend its Read more