Not only in the church tax-financed dioceses of Hitler's Germany from Hamburg to Vienna, but also in the donation-funded dioceses in other countries things are comfortable. People donate to the church with the desire that the children learn a good Catholic education. The fulfillment of this desire is an increasing rarity. Ask yourself: In how many parishes is your diocese preparing instead for their First Communion before the introduction to the Sacrament of Penance?
Much is done in good faith, because you can not see the forest for the divine self-planted trees. This includes keeping things in the musical field, for example, a tango show in the parish Pinsdorf.
"Blessing Ceremony for Separated and Divorced"
There Gerhard Pumberger, a quite up to date pastoral assistant with a "vision" that is of the opinion that the Church would "exclude", for example, divorced and remarried. The church newspaper wrote on that wavelength over Pumbergers "blessing ceremony for separated and divorced": He wants to compromise on the question of guilt and show that the ecclesial community excludes no one whose partnership has failed ". With a "sea of tears", "sea of rage", "sea of hope" Pumberger offers "healing rituals". It was important, says Pumberger, as a "local church human to deal with it." This was why in the Pinsdorfer blessing celebrations he "expressly invited all to communion." About which the editors of the church newspaper find nothing inappropriate.
The Sinless Lives of Modern "Pastors"
"Guilt" will be "deliberately excluded" because for full-time employees of the Church like Pumberger there is no sin, because where there is no guilt, there is no sin and therefore perfect neutrality. It is only to deal with "life situations" in which a pastor "accompanies" people as a service provider. That's what Pumberger should have probably learned in studying theology.
So Pumberger is also of the opinion that in preparing for confirmation one must "think outside the box." He developed his own "model", whose special feature is the place an "accent on the social dimension", including a concentration camp visit to "deal with a dark chapter of history in the region." Pumberger doesn't fiddle about. He thinks in terms of "future processes" and millennia. Not those of the two thousand year history of the Church, but prophesied into the future. In connection with the shortage of priests, he is in fact certain that "the coming millennium will be the millennium of the laity." This "change of mentality" is what he sees already at work. "In the parishes Teamwork is announced. The large parish boss [meaning the priest] no longer has to give it. "
Tango for the Pope or for the Creative Ego?
The Dean Franz Starlinger said excitedly and naively as early as last January: "Why not let a parish assistant like Gerhard Pumberger do the consecration? Then he could canonically bear full responsibility parish." Why doesn't Pumberger become a priest? You might ask, however, what he would return with a list of demands. First, the church has to change their image of priesthood, celibacy anyways, then, yes ...
For Purnberger's latest action, it will be next Pentecost for the Holy Mass, the tanGO-Liturgy to shake things called a tango. And he has invited a couple that one can perform a very good tango. What the dance has lost "during the service," is completed by the parish assistant Pumberger. Not particularly witty, his word smithing goes like this: "Where Tango ceases, God begins. THe syllable of both words connecting together is the 'go'. " One is impressed. Pumberger does not forget to recall that Pope Francis in his youth was allegedly an "avid tango dancer". Anyway, the mistake of a Tango dancing couple seems to be reserved for Holy Mass in the German-speaking world. In Rome, they wanted organize a major tango event, to the tango for the friendly Pope. However, not in a church, but fits on the large Piazza del Popolo (see poster). Maybe it's the lasciviousness of the dance, to which Pumberger is attracted. There are, it was recommended to him and all interested parties, sufficient Courses and Events for tango enthusiasts, where you can participate. The dancers invited by Purnberger can certainly give knowledgeable information in this regard. However, it is to be hoped that the couple has more sense of the sacredness which the Mass brings, than the full-time parish assistant, and even keep clear of giving a demonstration during the sacred liturgy in order then to present their skills at an appropriate place outside the church.
It fits into the picture, so to speak, that Pumberger completed his theological studies with a thesis directed by an Old Catholic priest and secretary of the Labor Representative of the Department of Pastoral Professions is the Diocese of Linz. The department currently employs approximately 320 full-time "lay pastors" for the diocese.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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