Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has emphatically rejected accusations that, in an article published in Communio in September, he had spoken out in favour of missionising the Jews and called Jewish-Christian dialogue into question.
The German government is prepared to offer asylum to the Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi. Ms Bibi was freed from prison in Pakistan’s Punjab province on 7 November after spending eight years on death row for alleged blasphemy.
In a flurry of statements ahead of the first day to commemorate victims of sexual abuse ever held in Germany, on Sunday this week, the German bishops said the Church had reached “a point of no return” and needed to act with the utmost urgency.
Same-sex marriage will automatically become legal in Austria from 1 January 2019 following a ruling by the Austrian constitutional court of 12 October, despite Cardinal Christoph Schönborn’s recent appeal to the coalition government to try and find a solution that would retain the unique distinctiveness of marriage.
Ecumenical dialogue with the Free Churches was “imperative”, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn told the delegates in St Stephen’s Cathedral on 29 September, the last day of the Vienna archdiocese’s five-day diocesan assembly.
The inauguration of Germany’s largest mosque, the DITIB (Turkish- Islamic Union) Mosque in Cologne, by Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday 29 September has been sharply criticised by Cologne’s leading church figures and others.
The results of a four-year study of clerical sexual abuse in the 27 German dioceses commissioned and financed by the German bishops’ conference shows that at least 4.4 per cent of German priests were guilty of abusing minors between 1946 and 2014.
The clashes between right-wing demonstrators and anti-fascist protesters in the eastern German city of Chemnitz in Saxony, where a German with Cuban roots was stabbed to death by an Iraqi and a Syrian on 27 August, have been sharply condemned by church leaders in Germany.