- Jul 23, 2021
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has not resigned, because in the Catholic system bishops don’t get to resign of their own accord. They can submit their resignation to the pope – in fact, they’re required to do so at the age of 75 – but it’s always up to the pope whether to accept.
A top Vatican official charged with organizing a major symposium on the priesthood next year has said the discussion will touch on several controversial hot-button issues such as priestly celibacy, the women’s diaconate, clericalism, and the clerical sexual abuse crisis.
The ministry of a Catholic bishop must reflect the Catholic Church’s commitment to Christian unity and must give ecumenical engagement the same kind of attention as work for justice and peace, said a new Vatican document.
The Vatican’s extensive report on Theodore E. McCarrick revealed several crucial details that call into question the 2018 “testimony” of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, including that he did not investigate the former cardinal when ordered to do so by the Vatican in 2012.
In a recent virtual meeting, the heads of European bishops’ conferences discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on both the Church and society, highlighting new forms of poverty and reduced numbers at Sunday Masses as key areas of concern.
For some priests and seminarians, “women represent danger, but in reality, the true danger are those men who do not have a balanced relationship with women,” said Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
Military chaplains are called to educate the consciences of members of the armed forces so that even in war, the opposing side is not viewed merely as “an enemy to be destroyed,” Pope Francis said.