Editor: the Archdiocese Canon Lawyer already laid down the ground rules. Now the disobedient ones have to decide whether they want to risk losing their income, their benefits and their offices.
Try to imagine the Austrian police forcibly removing them from their parish offices by force. That would be a sight to behold.
What happens to employees who attack the leadership of a corporation? Usually they quit and go work for other companies. We understand that the Church of Satan is looking for new hires.
VIENNA |(Reuters) - The head of Vienna's Roman Catholic community ruled out sweeping changes demanded by dissident priests and said there could be "serious conflict" if they defied Church teaching on celibacy or give communion to remarried divorcees.
Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn said he would not lead his diocese into a schism with leaders in the Vatican by letting priests flout Church rules after a group of priests issued a "Call to Disobedience" manifesto to try to press reform.
In weekend interviews with Austrian radio and television, Schoenborn backed celibacy for priests, limiting ordination to men and preserving marriage as a life-long commitment.