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Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/04/13

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch speaks to the media in February (CNS)

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch speaks to the media in February (CNS)

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German bishops’ conference, has called for the ordination of women deacons.

Police in Rio de Janeiro have occupied three shanty towns around the statue of Christ the Redeemer in preparation for the Pope’s visit in July (video).

Pope Francis has passed the six million followers mark on Twitter (video).

An 81-year-old priest collapsed and died at the altar of the church he had served for more than 30 years in New Zealand last Sunday.

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney says that the kidnapping of two archbishops shows that “mayhem is everywhere” in Syria.

Kathryn Jean Lopez welcomes the US bishops’ decision to appoint a mother of six as Cardinal Timothy Dolan as spokeswoman. Grant Gallicho is sceptical.

And Benjamin Wiker argues that Benedict XVI should be declared a Doctor of the Church.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • lewispbuckingham

    ‘called for the ordination of women deacons’
    If they are calling for that, what about starting by regularising some of those priests who left in the 60′s and seventies.
    After all the Church is still about reconciliation with people and faiths outside the ‘Tiber’.
    This skill set could be applied to it’s members, and the discussion started.
    All we need now is some head of a Bishop’s council to declare it as no longer a ‘taboo’.

  • NatOns

    ‘I have never experienced a process of strategy development as transparent as this one ..’

    Never a truer – or sadder – set of words was spoken – except perhaps

    ‘While reform might be slow to come, the sentiments expressed at the conference are a signal to many that change is on the way.’

    Dear Lord, I implore, preserve us from those who preach to suit itching ears and not to witness the Faith.

    ‘For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires’ 2 Tim 4 : 3.

    Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German bishops’ conference, has called for the ordination of women deacons.

    ‘The conference also touched on the difficulty, particularly in eastern Germany, of recruiting people to work for Catholic institutions such as hospitals and kindergarten. At present the Church can only employ Roman Catholics. However Zollitsch called for work permits to be extended to non-Catholics and to those with “different lifestyles.” This would technically apply to homosexual people too. However Church labour reforms are unlikely to be introduced in the next three years.
    While reform might be slow to come, the sentiments expressed at the conference are a signal to many that change is on the way. “I have never experienced a process of strategy development as transparent as this one,” said Thomas Berg, of the Baden-Württemberg Leadership Academy, who attended the conference.”

  • LocutusOP

    I haven’t followed this man for long, but it seems every time I read about him it is in connection with something which does not further the cause of evangelisation or orthodoxy one bit.

    One might almost think he is on a one-man mission to destroy the Catholic church in Germany from within.

  • QAX3kFmH

    Archbishop Robert Zollitsch should be excommunicated immediately

  • teigitur

    Of course! Thats what will stop hundreds of thousands of Germans leaving the Church each year!! The stupidity of some of our leading Churchmen, beggars belief.

  • teigitur

    Seems to be working well.