Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Church in Germany’

German Catholics defy Vatican with same-sex blessings

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
German Catholics defy Vatican

Priests and Catholic pastoral workers in Germany defied the Vatican on May 10 by conducting blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples. Organisers held a day of protest in response to the Vatican’s recent declaration that the Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions. The ceremonies, known as “Segnungsgottesdienste für Liebende,” or “blessing services Read more

Cardinal donates personal wealth to help child abuse victims

Monday, December 7th, 2020
Germany child abuse

The archbishop of Munich, Germany is pledging €500,000 (NZD860,000) of his personal finances to establish a foundation for victims of child abuse. Cardinal Reinhard Marx said the not-for-profit organization Spes et Salus (Hope and Healing) would see the Catholic Church engaged in helping victims process their experiences. Marx said his contribution constituted “by far the Read more

German church tax income plummets during pandemic

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

The Catholic and Evangelical churches in Germany are set to lose around €1 billion ($1.18 billion) in taxes paid by the faithful in 2020, according to a report published in Welt am Sonntag on Sunday. According to estimations, both churches can expect to see an average fall of around 8% in their incomes, double the Read more

Rome hears German bishops parish instruction criticism

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

The new parish instructions could the the subject of a discussion at the Vatican, if German bishops want to air their views about them, says Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. Stella (pictured), whose congregation issued the new parish instructions last month, says he would be pleased to receive the bishops Read more

Vatican parish instruction divides German prelates

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

German prelates have reacted strongly to the new Vatican parish instruction. Released last week by the Congregation for the Clergy, the instruction has seen many bishops react with anger and contempt. Only Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne is defending the instruction, while Cardinal Walter Kasper is steering a middle way. The German Bishops’ Conference Read more