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Austrian bishops consult with Vatican on priests' rebellion

Catholic World News - January 26, 2012

Austrian Catholic Church leaders were in Rome this week, for talks with Vatican officials about the “Call to Disobedience” promoted by dissident priests.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn led the Austrian delegation to the Vatican. The Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper reported that the Austrian bishops wanted to consult with the Vatican on the protest campaign, which is organized by a group known as the Priests’ Initiative.

Msgr. Helmut Schüller, the leader of the Priests’ Initiative, announced earlier this week that he hopes to make his protest movement international. He claims that nearly 400 Austrian priests already support the call for radical changes in Church teaching and discipline. While there is evidently widespread dissent from Church teachings among the Austrian clergy, it is not clear how many priests are ready to adopt Msgr. Schüller’s rebellious approach.

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  • Posted by: Ken - Jan. 26, 2012 8:06 PM ET USA

    If Church leadership allow this to continue, it will only grow with time. Separate those priests who no longer wish to follow Rome NOW. Tell them to form their own faith, but separate them from the faithful as soon as possible. Carrying out "talks" for months or years will only allow the malignancy to metastasize.

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