Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Austrian bishop-designate asks Pope to rescind appointment

Catholic World News - February 16, 2009

Father Gerhard Maria Wagner has asked Pope Benedict to rescind his appointment as an auxiliary bishop of Linz diocese. Father Wagner, a conservative priest whose appointment roused a storm of protests from the liberal clergy of the Linz diocese, said that he wishes to remain a parish priest. His priest’s remarks on "moral pollution" in society, his suggestion that storms like Hurricane Katrina could be divine retribution for sin, and his sharp condemnation of the Harry Potter novels made Father Wagner the target of an international protest. In Austria, dozens of priests had announced that they would not accept his appointment, and urged local bishops not to participate in his episcopal consecration. The bishops of Austria have gathered today in a special emergency session to weigh a response to this resistance.

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!

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
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Spiritual riches and poverty 13 hours ago
Vibrant Catholicism, 1: Lamenting the entire 20th century 19 hours ago
Holding bishops accountable: the next steps May 27
The real story behind the French ambassador's nomination to the Holy See May 27
A joyful noise unto the Lord: Goal met! May 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days