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.
In Australia, charities fear free speech at risk (Catholic Leader) A proposed law “may be misused to inhibit legitimate public dialogue by charities or persons associated with charities to the detriment of Australian representative democracy,” the head of Catholic Social Services Australia warned. “We believe that the proposal as drafted will leave us in the position of having to monitor and ‘punish’ staff, volunteers, and those of our members, or face the constant threat of our charitable status removed.”
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.
Cardinal Stella discusses work of Congregation for Clergy (Vatican News) Cardinal Beniamino Stella, who has been Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy since 2013, affirmed the value of clerical celibacy. “The topic of the celibate life of the priest regularly receives attention for the fact that it is a ‘sign of contradiction’ in respect to the world’s mentality,” he said. “The same is true with a marriage that is faithful, indissoluble and open to life.”
Papal message for World Day of Migrants: all in the same boat (Vatican News) In his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis says that as the Covid epidemic passes, the world should “think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’ but only ‘us.’” The papal message, entitled “Toward An Ever Wider ‘We,’ insists that “we are all in the same boat and called to work together so that there will be no more walls that separate us.”