Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Church in Germany’

Cardinal aplogises for mistreatment of LGBTQ people

Thursday, March 17th, 2022
cardinal apology to LGBTQ

A leading German cardinal has made an apology to LGBTQ people for the mistreatment they have been subjected to by the Catholic church. Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising (pictured) issued his apology on March 13 at a liturgy celebrating the 20th anniversary of a monthly LGBTQ Mass held in the archdiocese. Speaking at Read more

Catholic Church allows women to perform baptisms

Thursday, March 17th, 2022
women to perform baptisms

A German Catholic diocese has commissioned 17 women to perform baptisms, citing a shortfall in the number of priests. In Germany’s industrial Ruhr area, the Diocese of Essen is the first diocese in the country to appoint a group of women to administer the sacrament, reported CAN Deutsch. Church law stipulates that only an ordained Read more

German church urges quick decision on divisive archbishop

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

The head of the German Bishops’ Conference on Monday pressed for a quick decision from Pope Francis on the future of a prominent archbishop who faces strong criticism for his handling of the church’s sexual abuse scandal. Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, the archbishop of Cologne, said that he had offered his resignation to the pontiff Read more

Cologne’s cardinal offers pope resignation over scandals

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

Cologne’s cardinal, Rainer Maria Woelki, for a second time, has offered his resignation to Pope Francis. Woelki has been facing strong criticism for several months for his responses to allegations of child abuse in the Church. He chose to take a five-month break from his duties last September after the Vatican report accused him of Read more

German bishop commits to not dismissing LGBTQ church workers

Thursday, February 17th, 2022
German Bishop LGBTQ workers

A German bishop has issued a written commitment saying church workers will not be dismissed if they are LGBTQ. Archbishop Franz Jung of Würzburg has publicly declared that priests and other workers in his diocese should not fear any consequences for their sexual orientation. Jung’s declaration came in the wake of the OutInChurch initiative and Read more

German Catholic leaders challenge Pope Francis with support for same-sex blessings

Monday, October 4th, 2021
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German Catholic bishops and lay leaders called for their church to bless same-sex relationships, challenging a Vatican ban on the practice. The move increased pressure on Pope Francis to respond to the Germans’ progressive drive, which conservatives have warned could split the worldwide church. At a meeting in Frankfurt on Friday, German church leaders voted Read more

As German Synodal Assembly begins, lay Catholics express anger at Vatican

Monday, October 4th, 2021

Against the background of lay Catholics’ anger about a Vatican decision not to censure Cologne clergy for mishandling abuse cases, German Catholics — bishops, clergy and laity — gathered in Frankfurt for the start of the three-day Synodal Path Assembly. But before discussions began on the agenda, the leadership decided to allow an hour to Read more

German Catholics bewildered cardinal not sacked

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Catholics bewildered by Woelki decision

Many German Catholics have been left bewildered by Pope Francis’ decision to confirm Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki as Cardinal Archbishop of Cologne. Francis has also granted Woelki several months to reflect on the events that led him to offer the pontiff his resignation. The reaction of German conference president, Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, to Read more

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
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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