Irish clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, spoke to NCR and called Vatican bureaucracy "very difficult."
Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki condemned sexual violence; Bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke told Germans to wait for details about the perpetrators of numerous sexual assaults that occurred New Year's Eve in Germany.
An independent lawyer reported that 231 members of the famous German "Regensburger Domspatzen" boys choir were abused between 1953 and 1992, three times the diocese's official reported number.
Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith Prefect Cardinal Gerhard Müller spoke with the German weekly Die Zeit about the state of the church in 2015.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has "given the bishops' synod back its freedom" said a German cardinal at a three-day international theological congress in Munich.
NCR Today: The new discussion procedure at the ongoing Synod of Bishops was a "huge step forward," according to Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, moderator of the German language group.
Austrian and German bishops have given top priority to the migrant crisis and made it a key policy issue.
NCR Today: As our time in Austria draws to a close, I share a few of my thoughts about a place I was surprised to learn is mostly Catholic.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx made it clear that the problem of whether or not to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to partake of communion would not be the synod's major topic.
The United States shirked its responsibility toward the Central American refugees of the 1980s and today has a responsibility to address the refugee problem in Syria.