Scores of German Catholic churches join in blessing same-sex unions (Wall Street Journal) About 100 Catholic churches across Germany joined in a nationwide event on May 10, offering church blessings to same-sex couples in direct defiance of the Vatican. At St. Benedict’s church in Munich, where about 30 gay and lesbian couples received blessings, Father Wolfgang Rothe said: “Heavens were open. All people were happy.” But the German initiative—coming as a challenge to the Vatican’s statement that Catholic churches cannot bless same-sex unions—escalated the threat of an open schism.
Leading Ukrainian prelate criticizes idea of state church (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church) “We absolutely do not share the idea of the so-called state church,” said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. “Why? Because then the Church loses her freedom.” The prelate also warned, “If society falls apart and the state and business start building relations without taking into account the interests of society, then it ends in corruption, in a merger of big business and state institutions.”
Cardinal Tobin speaks on 'synodality and the long game of Pope Francis' (La Croix) “In early 2013, we thought it was about institutional reform,” said the Archbishop of Newark. “In 2016, as Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte, and other demagogues strutted into power, we could see clearly that Pope Francis, a man who witnessed the horrors of Argentina’s Dirty War up close, could prophetically offer an alternative to this dark, brutalizing worldview.”
Madison bishop welcomes Archbishop Cordileone's pastoral letter (Madison Catholic Herald) Welcoming Archbishop Cordileone’s pastoral letter on the dignity of the unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholic politicians, Bishop Donald Hying said that “66 million lives have been snuffed out at the very beginning of their existence, and countless individuals have been spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically damaged by this profound violence” of abortion.