Bishops worry divisions on ‘details’ at synod distract from big picture
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The specific challenges faced by Amazonia’s indigenous people are already being sidelined by conversations about married priests.
Abolishing the priesthood will not save the Catholic Church
(RNS) — In The Atlantic, James Carroll asserts that abolishing the priesthood in the Catholic Church is the only way to defeat the clericalism he blames for the sex abuse crisis. But as in other revolutions, a new cadre would simply replace the old guard.
Italian women seek freedom to marry the priests they love
ROME (RNS) Even when their love is reciprocated by a man of the cloth, the women known as “God’s rivals” are frequently rejected by family and friends. They’re sidelined in their careers and forced to hide emotional and sexual expression.
Mormon women seeking priesthood to be shut out of Temple Square
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Mormon Church rebuffed Ordain Women’s second push for entrance to the priesthood session and urged the grass-roots group to “demonstrate” instead outside Temple Square.
After years of decline, Catholics see rise in number of future priests
(RNS) Young men today “want to give their life for something that counts. These men are tired of living in a culture of relativism. They want to say there must be something true, beautiful and good,” says the Rev. Mark Latcovich, president of St. Mary Seminary outside Cleveland.
Catholic population surges across the Global South
VATICAN CITY (RNS) While the number of Catholic priests in the Americas and in Europe is declining compared to the overall Catholic population, those losses were offset by increasing ranks of permanent deacons.
Priest who heads top clergy treatment center accused of impropriety
(RNS) The priest who headed a leading treatment center for clergy suffering from emotional, sexual and addiction problems has resigned in the wake of accusations that he misused funds in his home diocese and that he was engaged in an “inappropriate adult relationship.”
Mormon women seeking middle ground to greater equality
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) While some Mormon feminists want access to the all-male priesthood and others see it as blasphemy, a third group of Mormon women crave a more engaged and visible role for women in the church that respects history and doesn't compromise doctrine. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.
Top church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch sees Catholic schism ahead
(RNS/ENInews) Leading church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch believes Christianity faces a “bright future” worldwide, but predicts the Roman Catholic church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching. By Jonathan Luxmoore.