Category - roman catholic church

  • 12 Feb 2013

    One of the possibly unintended consequences of Benedict’s announcement that he is to step down as Pope - something unprecedented in the modern era - is that it might set in motion a dynamic that creates renewed opportunities for ecumenical dialogue by offering a new perspective on the role and place of the papacy, writes long time observer Dr Stephen Brown. He offers an assessment of both the plusses and minuses of the pontiff's period in office from the perspective of inter-Christian relations.

  • 11 Feb 2013

    Sex abuse survivors say they want the resignation of Pope Benedict to strengthen the struggle for true accountability within the Catholic Church.

  • 11 Feb 2013

    Ecumenical advisor, Middle East analyst and political consultant Dr Harry Hagopian, who is also an Ekklesia associate, has been doing the round of television stations today (11 February 2013), commenting on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the wider implications of the decision about who will succeed him.

  • 11 Feb 2013

    Not long before he died in August last year (2012), the Catholic Archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini's final comments on the Church were that its leadership was “200 years out of date” - bureaucratic, pompous, autocratic, inflexible and seemingly remote from the spirit of Christ on key issues.

  • 11 Feb 2013

    “We have to respect fully the decision of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to resign,” the general secretary of the World Council of Churches said today.

  • 11 Feb 2013

    While paying tribute to Pope Benedict XVI, as expected, British church leaders are among those signalling an expectation of change in the papacy.

  • 3 Jan 2013

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics say they will continue to hold a regular mass despite being banned from their current venue by Archbishop Nichols.

  • 30 Dec 2012

    It’s been a good Christmas for opponents of marriage equality. They managed to make headlines on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

  • 20 Oct 2012

    The World Council of Churches has sent a warm message to the general assembly of bishops of the Catholic Church on the anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

  • 23 Aug 2012

    Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox Church and Catholic Archbishop Jozef Michalik of Przemysl have signed a statement of reconciliation in Warsaw.