(RNS) — Given the average age and low number of Catholic priests, services that conform to social distancing will have to be led by laypersons, most of whom will be women.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In a country with a long tradition of outspoken theologians, Agnes Wuckelt has her say about Germany's Catholic bishops' two-year summit studying the Church's beliefs on sexuality, love and priestly life.
(RNS) — Francis appears to have feared splitting the church over the question of celibacy.
(RNS) — The American Catholic hierarchy isn't ready to follow the synod's search for real-world solutions. Too many conservatives believe that if we simply return to the old ways of doing things, everything will be fine.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Meeting in Rome, Catholic bishops from the Amazon recommended that the Pope allow married deacons to become priests in their region as a way to cope with a growing shortage of priests.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — According to one Brazilian bishop attending the Vatican summit on the Amazon region, a majority of Brazilian bishops are in favor of allowing the ordination of married men to the priesthood.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The synod's report deals with a host of issues of concern to young people: treatment of women in society and in the church, the church’s attitude toward LGBT members, clerical sex abuse, warfare, poverty, migration, human trafficking and corruption. But the work must continue in local churches.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope has ruled out the ordination of women as priests, but he may endorse women deacons.
(RNS) The Patriarch of Alexandria, who presides over the entire Orthodox Church in Africa, reintroduced women deacons last month. Will other Orthodox churches follow his lead?
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — 'St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands,' Francis said.
(RNS) The movement to ordain women as priests in the Roman Catholic Church isn’t new. But its supporters have seen glimmers of hope for their cause this summer.
(RNS) Unlike the issue of the priesthood, there is no long list of papal encyclicals and church councils that would prohibit the ordaining of women deacons.
(RNS) Phyllis Zagano, a scholar at Hofstra University, is the only American woman named to the Vatican panel that will study whether women can be ordained as deacons.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The move follows through on a pledge he made to a group of nuns in May, and it reignites the heated debate on what roles Catholic women can fill in the church.