Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Austrian cardinal says disciplinary action possible against dissident priests

Catholic World News - May 18, 2012

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has indicated that he may take action against the dissident Austrian priests who have issued a “Call to Disobedience.”

“We might take disciplinary measures,” the cardinal told the Italian daily La Stampa; “but I hope that this is not necessary."

Cardinal Schönborn said that it is “time to clarify the various issues” raised by the Priests’ Initiative, which has encouraged priests to defy the hierarchy on a series of controversial issues including clerical celibacy, ordination of women, homosexuality, and the admission of divorced and remarried Catholics to Communion. The cardinal said that he agreed that the Catholic Church faces a crisis in Austria, but strongly disagreed with the solutions the group has proposed.

Nearly a year ago, Cardinal Schönborn expressed shock at the decision by the Priests’ Initiative to issue an open call to disobedience. But he has consistently avoided disciplinary action. Early this year Msgr. Helmut Schüller, the former vicar general of the Vienna archdiocese and leader of the Priests’ Initiative, said that he did not anticipate any further talks with the cardinal. Msgr. Schüller has said that he hopes this year to promote the “Call to Disobedience” in other countries beyond Austria.

Some Vatican officials have reportedly urged Austria’s bishops to take concrete action against the dissident priests. In his homily on Holy Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI made a point of criticizing priests who openly disobey Church teachings; the Pontiff clearly was alluding to the Austrian group.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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!

Progress toward our August expenses ($34,995 to go):
$35,000.00 $5.00
100% 0%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Talk to your kids about porn! 0 hours ago
Showing the Courage to battle homosexual impulses 15 hours ago
In other words, to be a Christian means this: 17 hours ago
Wanted: a balanced Catholic perspective on immigration 22 hours ago
Renewal with God before Us: Christ Determines All July 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21