Austria: pastor bars homosexual from parish council
Catholic World News - March 22, 2012
The parish priest of a small parish in the Archdiocese of Vienna has refused to allow an openly homosexual 26-year-old to serve on the parish council. Florian Stangl, who is disabled, lives in a registered domestic partnership and obtained 96 out of 142 votes in the recent parish council election.
Father Gerhard Swierzek also asked Stangl not to receive Holy Communion.
The vicar forane who heads the local deanery, Father George von Horick, criticized Father Swierzek’s decision, “When we have permission for those candidates who are divorced and remarried,” Father von Horick said, then “homosexual tendencies and life” do not preclude a parish council candidacy.
The archdiocese, however, said in a statement that living in a domestic partnership precludes one from serving on a parish council.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!