Vatican tells bishops not to reform faster than Pope Francis does

October 8, 2013

(Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, March 5, 2006)

The Vatican warned bishops on Tuesday not to reform faster than Pope Francis, after a German diocese said that some divorced and remarried Catholics would now be allowed to receive communion and other sacraments.

Catholic reform theologian Hans Küng, 85, considers assisted suicide

October 3, 2013

(Hans Küng in Hechingen, Germany, March 2, 2009/Muesse)

Hans Küng, Roman Catholicism’s best known rebel theologian, is considering capping a life of challenges to the Vatican with a final act of dissent – assisted suicide.

Liberal Catholics seek meeting with pope to discuss possible reforms

September 26, 2013

(Pope Francis attends during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

German bishop agrees to audit and apologises for uproar after Vatican visit

September 15, 2013

(Limburg cathedral and old town, 23 April 2013/Benjamin Dahlhoff)

A German Catholic bishop accused by critics of being an autocrat and lavish spender has agreed to let an outside commission audit his finances after a rare week-long visit by a Vatican monitor.

from The Great Debate:

Seeking justice for Syrians

By Diane Orentlicher
September 13, 2013

Demanding “accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people ,” the Obama administration has forcefully argued that Syria must be punished for gassing more than 1,400 civilians to death in a single day -- an act President Barack Obama called “a crime against humanity, and a violation of the laws of war” in his speech Tuesday night. Leaders around the world have also denounced Syria’s “war crimes” and its “crime against civilization.” But if they seem to be making the case for prosecutions, that option has, in fact, received scant serious attention -- despite French and British efforts to press the issue.

New generation of theologians to promote retired Pope Benedict’s teachings

September 12, 2013

(Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead the weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

German court rules Muslim girls must join swimming classes

September 11, 2013

(Twenty-year-old trainee volunteer surf life saver Mecca Laalaa runs along North Cronulla Beach in Sydney during her Bronze medallion competency test January 13, 2007. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne)

Vatican cardinal looks into German ‘luxury bishop’ charges

September 9, 2013

(Limburg cathedral, 12 December 2004/Super-Grobi)

The Vatican launched a rare review of a German Catholic diocese on Monday following accusations its bishop spent lavishly on a new residence, putting him out of step with the new “church of the poor” promoted by Pope Francis.