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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bishop of Mainz calls for rethinking of gender roles.

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The Mainz Bishop Peter Kohlgraf has presented a differentiated opinion on gender and gender equality in the Catholic Church. He considers it justified to "rethink gender roles in the face of gender issues today", the Catholic Magisterium can not escape the topic. Kohlgraf writes in a contribution to the Mainz newspaper "Allgemeine Zeitung" (Thursday). God had not "become man rather as a humanbeing ". Kohlgraf is concerned about the fact that the church is being discussed about admission to "power-holding offices". This shows that "something has gone wrong overall".

He emphasizes that not only women but also most men are excluded from questions of power "because too many themes have been linked by power over the centuries with ordination." Kohlgraf, however, sees himself as a bishop "of course, bound to the statements of the papal Magisterium". In 1994, Pope John Paul II had decided the question of a consecration of women and "Pope Francis reaffirmed the statement". The bishop therefore assumes a duty of loyalty for himself.

Nevertheless, according to Kohlgraf's words, the ecclesiastical Magisterium cannot "put their head in the sand and pretend that any opposition is only nonsense." The opponents can also not do this. Until the nineteenth century, the question of women's ordination had not been a relevant issue for society as well, according to the bishop. This does not mean, however, that today's church arguments are a product of the 19th century. The question was whether the church could change a tradition that had been "completed" in the second century.

(Cathcon: No!)


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Diocese has more new bishops than new priests this year

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Diocese has more new bishops than new priests
A number of dioceses have been struggling with a shortage of new recruits . However, in this archbishopric, the situation is particularly extraordinary: in the past, even more bishops were consecrated as priests were ordained.



In the Czech Archdiocese of Olomouc, only a new diocesan priest was ordained this year - but two new bishops were consecrayed. Archbishop Jan Graubner took this situation as an occasion to call for prayer, as Vatican Radio reports.

Graubner expressed his request, according to the report on the occasion of the double bishops' consecration in the Olomouc St Wenceslas Cathedral last Saturday. Antonin Basler and Josef Nuzik, two new auxiliary bishops were consecrated to the Archdiocese. Graubner emphasized at the festive service that prayers were not sufficient for vocations; one must also have "enough children for God to call someone". The Archbishop also thanked all those who worked for the protection of Christian marriage and life, such as by voting in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

According to the Pontifical Yearbook, the Archdiocese of Olomouc last counted a three-million-million-strong Catholic population of 343 priests. Last year, five new diocesan priests were ordained.