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Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau. Credit: Diocese of Passau

German bishop confronts theologian for claiming Catholics against 'gender equality' are racist

A German professor of theology and advocate for the ordination of women to the priesthood has come under criticism for... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston ordains deacons in St. Peter's Basilica, Sept. 29, 2016.

Two-thirds of US bishops do not believe women should be ordained deacons

A survey of bishops in the US released this week found that among respondents, 41 percent believe it theoretically possible... Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna speaks at the Holy See press office, April 8, 2016.

For Austrian cardinal, female deacons an 'open question'

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said that in his view, whether the Church could ordain women as deacons remains an “open... Read more

Archbishop Luis Ladaria, now the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a Vatican press conference, Sept. 8, 2015.

Commentary: Archbishop Ladaria and the transgender movement

This week Archbishop Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued (another) definitive statement on... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2016.

Pope Francis reiterates a strong 'no' to women priests

During a press conference Tuesday aboard the papal plane from Sweden to Rome, Pope Francis said the issue of women... Read more

A Mass of priestly ordination said in St. Peter's Basilica.

Cooperating in abortion is always an impediment to ordination, Pope affirms

Pope Francis has confirmed that the impediments preventing one from being ordained – such as homicide, abortion, or attempted suicide... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks at the presentation of Iuvenescit Ecclesia, June 14, 2016.

Charisms help the Church answer life's challenges – Cardinal Müller

The new letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was issued to help the Church in her... Read more