Via Integra

Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

Belgium – gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on November 4, 2010

Belgium: Archbishop’s Aide Resigns

From New York Times, 2.11.10:

The spokesman for the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium, Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, quit Tuesday, saying he could no longer speak for a man who had spoken harshly of AIDS and homosexuality and sympathized with some pedophile priests. The resignation of the spokesman, Jürgen Mettepenningen, 35, came just days after the archbishop promised to keep silent on the sexual-abuse scandal in the Belgian church until at least Christmas. Mr. Mettepenningen said the archbishop was out of touch with Belgian Catholics, adding, “At times, he behaved like a loose cannon who thinks everybody else is wrong.”


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