Marxists Love Fratelli Tutti

Bishop Heinz-Josef Algermissen recently published a letter claiming that, during an October 7 meeting with Pope Francis, the Holy Father expressed “dramatic concern” with the state of the German Church. As well he might. Francis has always been wary of the German bishops’ synodal journey, which is being convened to discuss “authority and separation of … Read more

Cardinal Marx Says Married Priests Still Up For Debate: ‘By No Means Is It Off The Table’

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has emphasized that the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Querida Amazonia” is not intended to replace the final document of the Amazon synod published last October. The final document had called for the ordination to the priesthood of married men living in the Amazon region. During the presentation of “Querida Amazonia” to German media … Read more

Cardinal Marx: Spreading ‘Fear of Hell’ Undermines Gospel

Cardinal Reinhard Marx – the archbishop of Munich-Freising and the head of the German Bishops’ Conference – just made a statement, in which he argued against spreading fear, saying: “wherever someone spreads fear – of hell or whatever else – the Gospel cannot have an effect.” He added with regard to the topic of religion … Read more

No, Cardinal Marx, the Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Couples

Once again, the German archbishop, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, responded positively to the question, “What do you do when a homosexual couple asks you for an episcopal blessing.”  He claims not to be promoting a general ecclesial solution and, hence, a general public liturgical blessing for same-sex relations. And he even rejects calling such a relationship … Read more

Cardinal Marx: Homosexual Couples Can Get a Blessing from the Church

According to Cardinal Reinhard Marx, homosexual couples can receive a blessing “in the sense of pastoral care” in the Catholic Church. But no marriage-like relationship is blessed with this, he said in an interview with on Monday. Marriage is also not possible. “The sacrament of marriage is based on the faithful relationship between man and woman, which is … Read more

Vatican Officials: Swiss Bank Suspected of Money Laundering Led to Pell Conflict

The Holy See’s relationship with a disreputable Swiss bank triggered an internal dispute between the Secretariat of State and Vatican financial authorities. At the center of the conflict was a multimillion-dollar line of credit used to fund a controversial investment in London property speculation. Sources inside the Vatican’s Prefecture for the Economy confirmed to CNA … Read more

German Synod Plan to be Vetted by Controversial Lay Group, not Vatican

The plan for a “binding synodal process” recently approved by the German bishops will be sent to a controversial lay group for amendment and approval, CNA has learned. On Sept. 25, the German bishops’ conference concluded a three-day plenary session at which bishops debated and voted to adopt statutes for the creation of a Synodal … Read more

Weigel’s Open Letter to Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Your Eminence: I noted with interest your recent announcement of a “binding synodal process” during which the Church in Germany will discuss the celibacy of the Latin-rite Catholic priesthood, the Church’s sexual ethic, and clericalism, these being “issues” put on the table by the crisis of clerical sexual abuse. Perhaps the following questions will help … Read more

Top Cardinal Tells Vatican Summit that Some Sex Abuse Documents Destroyed

A top German cardinal said Saturday that documents on past sex abuse cases in the church had been destroyed or ignored and urged changes to the Vatican’s legal code of secrecy in such issues to restore trust. Calling for the publication of statistics on the problem, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx addressed Pope Francis’ four-day sex abuse prevention summit at … Read more

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