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In Vatican Reversal, Gay-Positive Priest Granted Permission to Lead German University

A German priest has been granted Vatican permission to assume a university leadership to which he was elected earlier this year after, permission which first had been withheld over the priest's views on homosexuality and women. Read More

Vatican Withholds Approval for German Priest, Potentially Over His Support for LGBT People

A German priest elected to university leadership has yet to receive necessary approval from the Vatican that would allow him to assume the rectorship. Observers speculate this withholding might be caused by the priest's progressive views on LGBT issues. Read More

Linking Gay Priests to Sexual Abuse is “Discrimination,” Church Needs to Address Sexual Hypocrisy, Says German Official

A top church official in Germany has rejected claims that gay priests are a cause of clergy sexual abuse, saying such ides are discriminatory. He also said the church can no longer be hypocritical by preaching its sexual morality while knowing few practice it. Read More

Attempts to Clarify Cardinal’s Remarks on Blessings for Gay Couples Only Adds to Confusion

Attempts to clarify remarks by a German cardinal that seemed to indicate his support for the blessing of same-gender relations have only added to the confusion. Read More

Blessings for Same-Gender Couples Welcomed by Advisor to Pope Francis

Blessings for same-gender couple may be permissible, said a leading German bishop and adviser to Pope Francis. Read More

Another German Bishop, Theologian Support Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

Two German bishops and a theologian have joined the conversation on how the Church can bless same-gender couples, even while still denying them sacramental marriage equality. Read More

Leader of German Bishops Calls for Marriage Equality Debate in the Church

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode has said: "I'm concerned with fundamental questions of how we deal with each other; although 'marriage for all' differs clearly from the church's concept of marriage, it's now a political reality." Read More

Bishop Prohibits Blessing of Same-Gender Couple as Marriage Equality in Germany Goes Into Effect

A bishop has barred the blessing of a same-gender equality just as marriage equality in Germany becomes effective October 1, but German Catholics, including some bishops, are advocating for those very blessings. . . Read More

Cardinal: Focus on Church’s Failure to Defend Gay Rights, Not Marriage Equality

In contrast to many Catholic leaders, a ranking German cardinal has said the church should... Read More

German Bishops Offer Nuanced Response to New Marriage Equality Law

Germany’s bishops have said they are “deeply saddened” by the legalization of equal marriage and... Read More