Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said that there had been female deacons in the Church in times past and that, ‘basically, this [question] is open.’
TV personality Eckart von Hirschhausen, a Protestant who is married to a Catholic, publicly demanded to be ‘handed that wafer’ because he pays Germany’s church tax.
Official says move shows commitment to Bavarian identity and Christian values.
Catholic bishops turned out to call on demonstrators to ensure every human being has the right to life from conception to natural death.
The archbishop, who serves both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, discusses the famous resignation, the allegations of ‘rivalry’ between the two and the prophecy about the pope at the end of the world.