Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn
Austrian bishops received no diktat from the Vatican ordering them to intervene against priests who form part of the Pfarrer Initiative, reports the Vatican Insider.
This was confirmed by Michael Prüller, spokesman to the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.
Reports about the “explosive” letter which asked for “something to be done” against Austrian parish priests who launched an “Appeal to Disobedience” which Pope Benedict XVI openly discussed in his Holy Thursday homily, appeared on Austrian Catholic website Kath.net on Holy Saturday.
According to Prüller, the letter sent in recent weeks by the Holy See mentioned nothing new about the meeting held with Austrian bishops in the Vatican, last January, on the question of “rebel” priests - which Vatican Insider reported on at the time.
“It contains no directive on how the Pfarrer Initiative should be dealt with,” Schönborn’s spokesman explained. “It reiterates the importance of the fact that there can be no appeal to disobedience,” as was stressed right from the beginning by Schönborn himself and on Good Friday, in an interview broadcast on Austrian television.
Vatican sent no diktat on “rebel” parish priests, Schönborn's spokesman says (Vatican Insider)
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