Posts Tagged ‘France’

Fewer resources and priests, bigger dioceses Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Fewer resources, a lack of priests and merging dioceses are upsetting French Catholic communities in rural areas. Talk of reducing the number of dioceses in country districts is met with hostility from clergy and Catholic faithful alike, who see it as a “view from Paris”. Nonetheless, many wonder if the country’s 100 dioceses aren’t too Read more

Ten cases of coronavirus contracted in megachurch in France Comments 0

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Ten people at a five-day megachurch gathering last month in France’s Grand Est region’s fourth largest city have contracted coronavirus. The French health ministry on Mar. 3 urged the thousands of other people who were at the Feb. 17-21 evangelical rally in the Alsatian city of Malhouse to watch for possible symptoms of COVID-19. Five Read more

French nun banned from rest home because of veil Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019

A 70-year old French nun has been banned from living in a rest home because it cited a strict ban on religious garb and “ostentatious” signs of religion. The home said she must remove her religious habit if she was to live at the publicly-funded residence. Although the nun’s application to live at the home Read more

Thousands march in France against IVF Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Paris on Sunday. They were opposing a bill allowing single women and lesbian couples under the age of 43 access to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. In France, IVF is currently restricted to heterosexual couples who are married or have cohabited at least two years. Besides broadening Read more

Court orders life support to resume in right-to-die case Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Doctors have been ordered to resume life support for a quadriplegic Frenchman whose case is central to the right-to-die debate in France. The doctors had stopped the nutrition and hydration Vincent Lambert receives, following an earlier judicial ruling in accordance with the wishes of his wife and other relatives. The new order to resume life Read more

Notre Dame a picture of the Church’s collapse Comments 0

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

As fire devastates the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the building is as much a symbol of the recent history of the Catholic Church in Europe as it once was a symbol of the Church’s power and cultural supremacy. The church had been in disrepair for decades. Calls for its restoration went mostly ignored Read more

France responds to swastikas, religious attacks Comments 0

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Swastikas, religious attacks and anti-Semitic behaviour is on the rise in France. France’s political leaders called for French people to join protest marches after a video surfaced of one of a series of anti-Semitic rallies. In the video, the crowd turned on French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut who happens to be a Jew, calling him a Read more

Fertility treatment for gay, single women debated Comments 0

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Proposals to offer fertility treatment to lesbian couples and single women would harm society by removing fatherhood from the lives of children say French bishops. France’s highest bioethics body, the National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE), sees the issue differently. Under the current law, technologies such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and artificial insemination are restricted Read more

Nearly a million euros seized from French congregation Comments 0

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Almost a million euros has been seized from a French congregation. Prosecutors in France have charged the legal body managing the Missionary Workers of the Immaculate congregation with underpaying employees and has ordered 950,000 euros to be seized from its bank accounts. Read more Related Posts:Profits are down, ethics are up for Vatican bankThe embezzlement Read more

Restructuring parishes — a move from necessity to audacity Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Located in the Tarn region of southern France, the Archdiocese of Albi has been divided into 503 parishes since the Middle Ages. Over the Pentecost weekend, however, Archbishop Jean Legrez, (pictured) completely re-organized them into 21 new parishes. It is an impressive change. In coming to this decision, the Archdiocese of Albi has followed a Read more