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As Germany’s Synodal Way Approaches, Lessons from a Gay Priest’s Coming Out

With Germany's synodal process set to begin this Advent, which will examine sexual morality among other topics, one gay priest's coming out story reveals how honesty, authenticity, and encounter could powerfully benefit that nation's Catholics and the church generally.  Read More

German Bishop Reaffirms His Request for Church Blessings and Civil Partnerships for Same-Gender Couples

A German bishop has reiterated his support blessing same-gender couples and the need for civil recognition of such relationships, too, saying the hierarchy must reconsider its teachings on homosexuality in light of contemporary science. Read More

Thousands of German Religious Educators Call for Rethinking of Church Teachings on Sexuality

Ahead of the German church's upcoming synodal process, an organization representing thousands of religious educators in Germany has called for the Catholic Church to reconsider its teachings on sexual morality, more specifically on homosexuality. Read More

German Bishops Announce “Synodal Path” to Address Sexual Morality, Other Disputed Topics

In response to the sexual abuse crisis, Germany's bishops have announced the beginning of  a "binding synodal path" to examine questions regarding sexual morality, clericalism, and priestly celibacy. Read More

Letter from German Catholics Calls for “New Start on Sexual Morality”

Leading Catholics in Germany have released an open letter calling for a "new start with sexual morality" that includes a re-evaluation of homosexuality. Read More

German Bishop Shifts Position, Calls for Church to Rethink Teachings on Homosexuality

Significantly shifting his position, a German bishop has called for the Church to rethink its teachings on homosexuality and condemned problematic aspects of those teachings which have caused people harm. Read More

Church Officials in Germany Seemingly Defy Vatican, Will Accept Gay Men to Seminaries

In seeming defiance of a Vatican ban on gay men in the priesthood, German dioceses have announced they will accept candidates with homosexual orientations assuming these men remain celibate. Read More

German Cardinal Promotes Disproven Theory Linking Homosexuality and Sexual Abuse

A top German bishop has claimed homosexuality is what is behind the church's clergy sexual abuse scandal, the latest church official to promote a disproven theory assailing gay priests. Read More

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