A Backhand for the Bishop
The unbridled anger of the former General Vicar of Chur, Canon Andreas Rellstab, against his Bishop is still not extinguished.
(kreuz.net) With much protest Canon Andreas Rellstab (46) submitted his resignation as regional General Vicar of the Diocese of Chur.
He joined his dismissal with substantial attacks against Bishop Vitus Huonder of Church and let the anti-Church media complained bitterly.
Since July 2011 the Canon has been the administrator in the 3200 population village of Zizers -- 10 km from Chur.
Additionally he writing his Doctorate in the Old Liberal faculty in the in Swiss Freiburg on the subject of nattering Pastoral Theology.
Confirmation as Pretense
One year after his resignation, Canon Rellstab still can't take the slump in his career.
At the beginning of March he wrote an underhanded piece against his Bishop to the Diocesan Priest's Council.
As a pretense he used Confirmation, in which Bishop Hunder participated on the 19th of February in the Parish he entrusted to Canon Rellstab's tender mercies.
At Confirmation, it has "recently become known to him, how far the mixing of the different forms of the Roman Rite by the Bishop" has supposedly "already progressed".
As a pretense for his contentions the Canon used the symbolic slap to the cheek which the Bishop uses at confirmation.
The legendary gesture is a symbol of fortification --- similar to the dubbing of a knight. (Knights received a slap to remember their oaths also)
A Liturgical Mosquito
An angry Canon has made a whale out of this Liturgical mosquito.
Since 1973 the slap has neither been prescribed nor is it "still necessary" --- he complained.
He neglected to mention that this use is also not forbidden.
He Implies that His Bishop is a Pedophile
The canon used the pretext to lets his balled fist fly against the Bishop:
"It seems to me that it is very unpleasant, when a strange man holds his hand to a face, while he speaks to me."
He continued dishonestly: "Additionally I think that the in connection with discussions about assault, it is a problematic sign when the Bishop touches young men and women on their face."
He finds it "more than just painful".
Still a Hair in the Soup
Without specific information Canon Rellstab additionally accused the Bishop, "of deviating from the Sacramentary which contains the approved rituals" during the "words of institution".
He drew the following conclusions: "For that reason, everyone can't rely on the Bishop, who himself isn't using the appropriate Sacramentary and using the correct rituals".
So then the Bishop is promoting disunity in the Diocese "and presumably brings a conflict of conscience even in me" -- joked the Canon.
The Bishop Must Conform
Canon Rellstab now hopes that the Priest's Council will get on the war wagon of his recenge campaign.
He leaves no doubt on that whom his pretended conflict of conscience:
"Can I allow the Bishop in my Parish to give confirmation in the future in good conscience?" -- he threatend.
In the Diocese of Church the particular pastor can decide if the Bishop in a community may confirm or not.
Link to kreuz.net...