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

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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 […]

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

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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 Stern.de on Monday. Marriage is also not possible. “The sacrament of marriage is based on the faithful relationship between man and woman, which is […]

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

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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 […]

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Weigel’s Open Letter to Cardinal Reinhard Marx

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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 […]

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Cardinal Marx Announces Binding ‘Synodal Process’ on Celibacy, Sexual Morality

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The German bishops will discuss priestly celibacy and sexual morality, leading to an as yet undetermined ‘binding’ outcome Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising has announced that the Catholic Church in Germany is embarking on a “binding synodal process” to tackle what he says are the three key issues arising from the clerical abuse […]

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Top Cardinal Tells Vatican Summit that Some Sex Abuse Documents Destroyed

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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 […]

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German Bishops Manipulated Leaked Abuse Report

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LifeSiteNews has obtained the 8-page summary of the German “MHG Study” on clerical sex abuse of minors that was leaked on September 12. The summary makes it clear that the German bishops have been gravely negligent with regard to the handling of the abuse cases. At the same time, the German abuse report itself appears to have […]