German Cardinal Joins List of Clerics Calling Coronavirus a Chastisement from God

German cardinal Paul Josef Cordes has joined the growing number of Catholic leaders looking at the coronavirus pandemic as a chastisement. “God’s Word also clearly states that life contrary to God can lead to illness,” wrote the former president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. Reliable exegetes state, “Sickness is the wages of sin.” Among … Read more

Bishop Taylor: It’s ‘Problematic’ for Priests to Give Sacrament of Sick to Coronavirus Sufferers

The first bishop in the United States to cancel all public Masses up to and including Easter Sunday is Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of Little Rock, Arkansas. He also suggested that it “would be problematic” to anoint the sick if they are infected by the coronavirus. In a letter sent out to Catholics in his … Read more

German Dioceses Embark on Lenten Fast to Save Planet from ‘Climate Change’

Several Catholic dioceses in Germany are participating in a campaign that encourages fasting in order to protect the planet from “climate change.” In a brochure created by the campaign “Klimafasten,” the organizers express their solidarity with the demands made by “Fridays for Future.” While mainly sustained by various Protestant communities in Germany, four Catholic dioceses … 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

Two German Bishops Advocate for Change in Church Teaching on Homosexuality

Two German bishops have called the Church to change its teaching on homosexuality and recognize the “values” like fidelity that are allegedly lived in homosexual relationships. Archbishop Stefan Heße and Bishop Georg Bätzing made their remarks at the first assembly of the synodal path in Germany, which concluded on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Heße, the … Read more

Pope Francis Puts Archbishop Gänswein On Leave?

German newspaper Die Tagespost reports that Pope Benedict’s secretary has been placed on leave after the controversy over the celibacy book. Pope Benedict’s secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, has been put on administrative leave indefinitely by Pope Francis, according to Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost. Gänswein is reportedly being released from his duties as Prefect of the … Read more

German Bishops’ Synod Working Doc Calls for Approval of Contraception, Homosexuality, Women’s Ordination

The ‘synodal path’ working doc defended the use of contraception, masturbation, and homosexuality. The working documents in preparation for the assemblies of the German bishops’ “Synodal Path” defend the use of contraception, the practice of masturbation, and an active homosexual lifestyle. Additionally, neither the question of the ordination of women nor that of making celibacy … Read more

Cardinal Schönborn Defends Pachamama as ‘Mother of Life…Archetype’ that has ‘Place in Christianity’

Christoph Cardinal Schönborn has defended the use of Pachamama at the Amazon synod, which ran last October, calling the statue of the naked woman with child a “pro-life” archetype “which naturally has its place in Christianity.” In a wide-ranging Dec. 18 interview with Austrian weekly newspaper “Die Furche,” the archbishop of Vienna mentioned some topics … Read more