Posts Tagged ‘Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’

Same-sex mass blessing “not helpful”

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

A mass same-sex blessing across 56 cities in Germany has been labelled “not helpful”. The president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing, has criticized the upcoming Catholic-backed initiative saying blessings should not be used as a political statement. The blessing service initiative was organised immediately after the Vatican formally said no to same-sex Read more

German Catholic leaders plan huge same-sex blessing

Monday, April 19th, 2021
German same-sex blessing

Several German Catholic leaders are openly supporting the blessing of same-sex couples and overtly challenging the Vatican. A massive blessing service event called “Love wins, blessing service for lovers” has been scheduled for May 10, in direct opposition to Rome’s chief doctrinal office. Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen said priests in his diocese will face 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 same-sex blessing ban draws support and criticism

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
same-sex blessing ban

Three cardinals have defended the Vatican Church same-sex blessing ban, while a growing number of bishops publicly denounced the responsum. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on March 15 published a document reiterating the Vatican’s longstanding position that it is “illicit” for Catholic priests to bless same-sex unions. God “does not and Read more

No easy answers to Vatican’s ‘no’ to same-sex blessings

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
no easy answers same-sex blessings

A leading German Catholic bishop responded to the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples on Monday by saying that there were “no easy answers” to the issue. Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference commented March 15 after the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) clarified that the Catholic Read more

Catholic leaders say all vaccines morally acceptable

Monday, March 8th, 2021
vaccines morally acceptable

Some Catholic leaders have argued that all three Covid-19 vaccines are morally acceptable, pushing back against U.S. Catholic bishops questioning the morality of taking coronavirus vaccines. They have said the shots are moral and are needed urgently to save lives. The barrage of differing philosophical opinions on the three approved vaccines were based on how Read more

Vatican publishes global manual to protect minors from predators

Monday, July 20th, 2020

A manual to protect minors from predatory clergy has been published by the Vatican. Targeted at bishops and religious superiors conducting in-house investigations into allegations of priests who rape and molest minors and vulnerable adults, the long-awaited publication offers advice about how to handle cases of clergy sex crimes. “These documents constitute an ‘instrument’ intended Read more

Abuse allegation against bishop ‘manifestly unfounded’

Monday, October 21st, 2019

A Vatican congregation says an allegation of abuse made against a bishop from Texas is ‘manifestly unfounded’. The bishop concerned, Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz (73) of Galveston-Houston has returned to public ministry. He had stepped aside from public priestly duties after being accused with a “false allegation” of sexual abuse from 1971. The Texas Read more

Pell may face Vatican court next

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Australian Cardinal George Pell’s days in court may continue for some time, with a Vatican court trial on the cards. He is currently in custody, waiting for three senior judges to consider his appeal against his conviction for child sexual abuse. Pell was jailed in February for six years, with a non-parole period of three Read more

Cardinal says Christians and Muslims can’t pray together

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Christians cannot pray like or with Muslims, says Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Müller, the former archbishop of Regensburg, Germany, made the comment during a reflection in Verona on the theme “Prayer: A gift from God,” telling hundreds of listeners that “the faithful of Islam are not Read more