Monday, July 8, 2019

Austrian Bishops Want to Impose the Results of the Amazon Synod at Home

Austria's bishops seem to be impatient in waiting for certain results of the Amazon synod.

(Vienna / Rome) Anyone who was convinced that the Danube flows through Austria should be amazed. He sees himself instructed by the Austrian Bishops' Conference: It is really the Amazon.

Austrian bishops express their solidarity and support to the REPAM and the Amazon Synod. With this cheering message REPAM headlined on its website the report on the applause from the Alpine Republic for the Amazon Agenda. What is decided in the distant Amazon for the Indians there, the bishops want to implement in Austria.

REPAM is the Red Eclesial Pan-Amazonica, the Pan-Amazonian church network, which was founded in autumn 2014 specifically for the Amazon agenda. The Church of every country that has a
share in the Amazon lowlands is involved in it. Anyone who takes a closer look at the objectives of
the Special Synod on the Amazon, which Pope Francis has convened for next October, must realize that especially the "deeper agenda" has little to do with the Amazon and the Indians there. Rather, they are central concerns of the ecclesiastical '68 movement. The working paper for the synod was called for a new edition of  the "dusty demands of the 70s". Similarly, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller recently commented on the paper made by Pope Francis as the working basis of the Synod. He even spoke of the "modernism" of the 70s.

It is about the abolition of priestly celibacy, married priests and the women's priesthood. At the same time, Marxist liberation theology again raises its head in the form of an ecology of liberation theology.

On the REPAM website, a letter from the Austrian bishops to Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the personal friend and close confidant of Pope Francis, was published. This had made Hummes, the REPAM chairman, despite his heterodox views as the main organizer of the Amazon Synod.

In the letter to Hummes, Austria's bishops expressed the greatest interest in the Amazon Synod. At the same time, they expressed their concern about any difficulties that might be put to the Synod and assure Hummes of their prayers for a good outcome.

The main message, however, is that the bishops say that they want to implement the results of the Amazon Synod in Austria.

The main message, however, is that the bishops say that they want to implement the results of the Amazon Synod in Austria.

I beg your pardon?

What does the Amazon have to do with Austria? Was not the official position an emphatic emphasis on the incomparably unique status of the rainforest on the banks of the Amazon?

The letter is signed by Military Bishop Werner Freistetter, who was recently appointed Pope Francis' Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt. As a military bishop, he has been noticed mainly by dismantling. The letter to Cardinal Hummes he addressed in his capacity as "Bishop for Mission and Development" of the Episcopal Conference.

Several Austrian bishops, as well as West German confreres, have raised the demand in recent months for the revocation of celibacy and the admission of married men to the priesthood.

Therefore, the wind is blowing!

The defenders of celibacy want to go for it, and they seem to feel pretty safe. This explains the open words of the Austrian bishops, who say nothing about celibacy and a married priesthood in their letter. For months, however, the pressure in this direction has increased. Bishop Manfred Scheuer of Linz, Hermann Glettler of Innsbruck and Benno Elbs of Feldkirch were particularly prominent in Austria. All three were called by Pope Francis to these episcopal chairs.

But what would these bishops want to implement and apply in Austria, which will be decided by a special synod for the distant Amazon and its Indians?

And anyway: A synod does not decide anything. It only gives recommendations and advice to the pope. It is he who draws his conclusions from it (or not).

That's the way it has been so far. However, Francis changed the rules of the game last year. Since then, he could grant a synod the right to make binding decisions, which then apply to the universal Church. So far nothing has been announced by Rome in this direction.

Do Austrian bishops know more?

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: REPAM (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

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