The Polish ex-priest Krzysztof Charamsa worked in the Vatican for 13 years. When his homosexuality became known, he was dismissed - a decision he has never come to terms with. Charamsa accuses the Catholic Church of hypocrisy.
A four-week summit has ended with a call to give women bigger roles in church decision-making. Only seven nuns were invited to participate in the nearly 300-member synod.
German bishops have begun meeting in Fulda to discuss a study on widespread sex abuse by Catholic priests. Some are calling for celibacy to be overhauled, while others want the church to focus on victim compensation.
The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, in the face of a growing abuse scandal, has said the Catholic Church has reached a "turning point." Anything else would be irresponsible, says DW's Christoph Strack.
Father Fernando Karadima, who was at the center of a child sexual abuse scandal during the 1980s and 1990s, has been stripped of his duties by the pope. Karadima had been found guilty in 2011 of abusing teenage boys.
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