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German Synodal Way
July 29, 2022
The Vatican came out swinging last week against the German Synodal Path. The Holy See issued a statement, warning that the movement – designed to give lay members a say in running the Church – lacks the authority to instruct bishops on doctrine or morality, and warned of the dangers of schism. The Synodal Path
July 21, 2022
The Holy See issued a statement on Thursday, warning that Germany’s ‘Synodal Path’ – a movement designed to give lay members a say in the running of the Catholic Church – lacks the authority to instruct bishops on doctrine or morality, and warned of the dangers of splitting the Church.  In a statement issued by
June 29, 2022
Cardinal Francis Arinze, whom Simon Caldwell interviews in this magazine, carries particular authority in the Church. He is almost 90, and his age gives him a valuably long perspective on events. He was made a bishop in time to attend the last session of the Second Vatican Council when Apostolicam Actuositatem, the decree concerning the
November 10, 2021
Munich, Germany, Nov 9, 2021 / 14:00 pm An influential Catholic theologian has said that the German Synodal Way’s “original sin” was setting aside Pope Francis’ call to focus on evangelisation. Cardinal Walter Kasper has repeatedly expressed concern about the multi-year process bringing together Germany’s bishops and laypeople to discuss the way power is exercised in the
June 04, 2021
"With my resignation," Cardinal Marx wrote, "I would like to make it clear that I am willing to personally bear responsibility not only for any mistakes I might have made, but for the Church as an institution which I have helped to shape and mould over the past decades."
March 31, 2021
The idea that everything can be attributed to financial motivations is a bit of an oversimplification, to be sure, but money can present incentives that act on us -- consciously and unconsciously -- and that does does tend to make "Follow the money" a maxim worth some consideration.
March 17, 2021
Synodality has become the buzzword of the present pontificate – Pope Francis has used the Synod of Bishops as the chief tool of pushing his agenda – only, what does "synodality" mean?
March 15, 2021
The statement was in answer to a precise question, or dubium: “Does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?” CDF gave its reply in one word: “Negative.”
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