At ecumenical congress, leading German bishop rules out general 'cross-denominational' Communion (CNS) Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference, said that he administers Holy Communion “if someone joins who believes what we Catholics believe and wants to receive the Body of the Lord in faith in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ.” His position, he said, is different from “cross-denominational Communion in the sense of a general mutual invitation to participate in the Eucharist and the Lord’s Supper.”
'Stop your tax dollars from paying for abortion': USCCB issues action alert (USCCB) “A serious effort is underway in Congress to force all taxpayers to pay for elective abortions,” notes the alert. “The Hyde Amendment and other similar laws have long protected taxpayers from funding elective abortions. Now, powerful members of Congress want to get rid of these laws, which have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans for 45 years.”
Scores of German Catholic churches join in blessing same-sex unions (Wall Street Journal) About 100 Catholic churches across Germany joined in a nationwide event on May 10, offering church blessings to same-sex couples in direct defiance of the Vatican. At St. Benedict’s church in Munich, where about 30 gay and lesbian couples received blessings, Father Wolfgang Rothe said: “Heavens were open. All people were happy.” But the German initiative—coming as a challenge to the Vatican’s statement that Catholic churches cannot bless same-sex unions—escalated the threat of an open schism.
Leading Ukrainian prelate criticizes idea of state church (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church) “We absolutely do not share the idea of the so-called state church,” said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. “Why? Because then the Church loses her freedom.” The prelate also warned, “If society falls apart and the state and business start building relations without taking into account the interests of society, then it ends in corruption, in a merger of big business and state institutions.”