- Apr 13, 2021
Three days after the preacher of the papal household called on Catholics to repent for the ways they are dividing the church, the Vatican secretary of state said the divisions are real and they are harmful.
After seven women in France last month “applied” for ecclesial jobs traditionally open only to men, the Vatican’s ambassador to the country has made a personal phone call to several of them offering a sit-down meeting.
Broad reforms that would contribute to greater accountability and transparency regarding church finances are needed to address the financial crisis the church faces and is intensifying because of the coronavirus pandemic, said a report emerging from a winter summit of lay, religious and clergy leaders.
The Diocese of Trier must change its plan for reform after Vatican officials objected to some of its aspects, including plans for the future role of priests.
The decade-long process of updating the laws of Vatican City State is part of the Vatican’s support for international commitments to protect people and safeguard vulnerable groups, who are “frequently the victims of new, odious forms of illegality,” Pope Francis said.
Two Iongtime Italian rivals over the meaning of Vatican II collided again on Tuesday, with one backing a reading based on continuity and the other insisting the key point is that the council looked forward, not just back.
Two cardinals who head Vatican departments said that when talking about reform in and of the Church, it’s easy to get lost in the details and miss the big picture.