Bishop Gmür didn’t stop at questioning celibacy; he also waded into another contentious issue: the ordination of women.
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Swiss Church authorities forwarded the allegations to the Dicastery for Bishops in Rome.
The bishops acknowledged people’s desire to participate in the liturgy but said the Catholic liturgy has a universal character, and this especially concerns celebrations of the sacraments.
In a brief statement Monday, the Holy See press office did not elaborate on possible reasons for the resignation, which is not mandatory for bishops until their 75th birthday.
The document says nothing about the number of participants in the surveys that were to be part of the worldwide synodal process.
Switzerland has recognized civil unions for same-sex couples since 2007, following a 2005 referendum.
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