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Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David of Kalookan, Philippines (left), Cardinal Leonardo Steiner, archbishop of Manaus, Brazil (center), and Archbishop Zbigņev Stankevičs of Riga (right) all spoke at the Synod press conference on Oct. 18, 2023.

Latvian bishop at Synod: If someone is living in sin, we can’t tell them that’s all right

Oct 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

“If there is a person living in sin and we tell this person, ‘Everything is all right with you, it’s... Read more

A blessing service at St. Augustin Catholic church in Würzburg, Germany, for couples, including those of the same-sex, May 10, 2021.

TIMELINE: What has the Catholic Church said about same-sex ‘blessings’?

Oct 9, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Here’s a timeline of how the controversy over same-sex blessings has unfolded. Read more

Birgit Mock, a vice president of the ZdK, on July 31, 2023, attacked Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne for admonishing a priest his statements against blessing same-sex unions.

German cardinal under fire for admonishing priest over same-sex blessings

Aug 1, 2023

By AC Wimmer

A German cardinal was publicly criticized by the powerful Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) on Monday. Read more

Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, pictured here in 2014, is the archbishop of La Plata, Argentina. He will take up his new post as prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith in September 2023.

Archbishop Fernández on new role as Vatican’s doctrinal chief: ‘I will do it my way’

Jul 6, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In his first interview since his appointment, Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández spoke about handling clerical abuse, the German Synodal Way,... Read more

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby addresses General Synod delegates during the debate on gay marriage at The Church House on Feb. 8, 2023, in London.

Conservative Anglican leaders reject archbishop of Canterbury over same-sex union blessings

Feb 23, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The provinces issued a statement Feb. 20 accusing the Church of England of breaking communion with those who remain faithful... Read more

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Church of England votes to bless same-sex couples

Feb 9, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The Church of England’s governing body has voted to bless same-sex couples while leaving unchanged the definition of marriage as... Read more

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gives a reading during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Sept.19, 2022, in London.

Church of England won’t recognize gay marriage but will allow certain ceremonies

Jan 19, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Proposals now under consideration would uphold traditional Christian teaching that marriage is between one man and one woman. Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, S.J., Archbishop of Luxembourg, speaks at a Vatican press conference, Aug. 26, 2022

Cardinal Hollerich: Church blessings for same-sex unions not a settled matter

Oct 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, S.J., has said he believes Church blessings for same-sex unions, which the Congregation for the Doctrine of... Read more

Cardinal Francis Arinze.

Cardinal Arinze explains why Belgian bishops can’t bless same-sex couples

Sep 26, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The Belgian bishops’ introduction of blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples has drawn rebuke from the former head of the Vatican’s... Read more

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Spanish bishop to Belgian bishops: The Church doesn’t have authority to bless gay unions

Sep 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop José Ignacio Munilla reminded the Belgian bishops that the blessing of gay unions goes against the teaching of the... Read more

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Bishops in Belgium defy Vatican, publish ceremony for blessing same-sex unions

Sep 20, 2022

By AC Wimmer

In open defiance of the Vatican, Catholic bishops in Belgium on Tuesday announced the introduction of blessing ceremonies for same-sex... Read more

Archbishop Justin Welby in Łódź, Poland, July 21, 2016.

As Anglican bishops gather, deep divisions over statement on banning same-sex marriage emerge

Jul 26, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Following criticism from Anglican bishops, participants in the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England will be given the opportunity to “clearly... Read more

The third Synodal Assembly of the ‘Synodal Way’ in Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 4, 2022.

German ‘Synodal Way’ meeting ends with call for same-sex blessings, change to Catechism on homosexuality

Feb 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

The votes came on the third and final day of a meeting of the Synodal Assembly. Read more

Thomas Sternberg and Bishop Georg Bätzing at the Synodal Way’s second Synodal Assembly in Frankfurt, Germany, Sept. 30, 2021.

Spanish theologian warns German Synodal Way poses great danger to the Church

Jan 21, 2022

By David Ramos

Spanish theologian Fr. José Antonio Fortea has warned of what he calls the serious danger to the Catholic Church posed... Read more

Gerhard Cardinal Müller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a penance service in St. Peter's Basilica, March 29, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal Müller calls on Pope Francis to intervene with the Church in Germany

May 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

Gerhard Cardinal Müller on Monday called upon the Holy Father to intervene in the German situation to correct clerics who... Read more

Pope Francis receives German foreign minister Heiko Mass in a private audience at the Vatican, May 12, 2021.

German foreign minister welcomes day of same-sex blessings ahead of papal audience

May 12, 2021

Heiko Maas backed the blessing ceremonies held in around 80 German cities on May 10. Read more

A blessing service at St. Augustin Catholic church in Würzburg, Germany, for couples, including those of the same-sex, May 10, 2021.

Blessing same-sex couples a diabolical and sacrilegious act, priest affirms

May 11, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Fr. Hugo Valdemar, canon penitentiary of the Archdiocese of Mexico, said that the blessing that priests and pastoral workers gave... Read more

A blessing service as part of a day of action in defiance to the Vatican’s ruling on same-sex unions in the Youth Church in Würzburg, Germany, May 10, 2021.

German Catholics defy Vatican with blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples

May 10, 2021

Ceremonies took place in around 80 cities, though the precise number of services is unknown. Read more

The flag of Germany.

Father Weinandy: ‘If the German Synodal Way is not heading for schism, it has fooled a lot of people’

May 10, 2021

The theologian made the comment after the German bishops’ leader said the country’s Catholics were not “schismatics.” Read more