|Auxiliary Bishop Andreas Laun at the "Demo for All". On October |
he became 75 and was retired by Pope Francis on the same day.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
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Pastor Wagner 2009 Victim of the Bishop-Bashing
Feeble Roman Knees
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New book "Heaven or Hell" - "Many People Feel Disoriented"
"We Basically Obey to be Catholic"
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image: ORF / JfdL (screenshot)
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|Father Gerhard Wagner|
The Diocese of Linz and Stymying of an Auxiliary Bishop
"The Hearthless Priests in Our Diocese Say"
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re is (not) dead -- Dishonorable Role in the Case of Bishop Krenn and Msgr. Wagner?
Because of his father's great age of the father, it was assumed that the Pope's consolation note was meant for the Cardinal's death, who celebrates his 79th birthday on January 30th of 2013.
From 2000 to 2010, he was part of the important Dicastry for the naming of Bishops in the so-called Old World. At the Consistorium of 2001 he was raised to Cardinal by John Paul II. Til then Re was a Curial Bishop from 1989 as a substitute to the Vatican Secretary of State. His career was introduced in 1987 with his appointment as Secretary of the Bishops' Congregation.
For ten years Cardinal Re had significant influence in episcopal appointments in the "old" Christian nations. At the age of 76 years on the end of the second five year time of office, he was replaced by the French Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who was much closer to Ratzinger's way of thinking.
In Austria, Catholics who are true to Rome are stubbornly of the opinion that Cardinal Re played a dishonorable role in the resignation of Bishop Kurt Krenn of St. Pölten, as much as he played in the rejection of Auxiliary Bishop Gerhard Maria Wagner in Linz. In both cases it was after a smear campaign inspired by the media, that progressive parts of the Church exerted massive pressure on the persons concerned, to reduce the exercise of the episcopal offices for the sake of internal ecclesiastical peace. While part of the clergy campaigned in conjunction, the other Bishops refused solidarity to those attacked.
The Italian Cardinal Gioanni Battista Re was born in the 30th of January 1934, in Borno like his father. in 1957, he received his priestly ordination in his home diocese of Brescia. There is also only one vacant place remaining, which which would be vacant in a conclave.
Link to katholisches...
Friday, September 9, 2011
The Windischgartner Pastor Gerhard Maria Wagner is critizing the Pastors' Intiative and the Bishops: In my view sometimes money plays too big a role with the Bishops, while courage plays a lesser role, for them to say: "This is the clear teaching of the Church".
Linz (kath.net) The famous Windischgarstner Pastor, Gerhard Maria Wagner, has dismissed the controversial Pastors' Initiative and stressed that it is time to declare the "Church's teaching". "In the case of remarried and divorced, for example, the Church has made clear stipulations, that it is not negotiable. That's actually also true of the other points of the Pastor's Initiative as well." As to the question if one may refuse these people Holy Communion during Mass, explained the Pastor, that it still may not be done. He would like, however, not to put anyone on the pillory. Afterward, he'd like to speak directly to the person. "The remarried and divorced person may be in the Church, but may not receive the Sacrament."
As far as the theme "celibacy" is concerned, Wagner refutes the notion that it comes from the 11th Century. "We've also heard this heresy that celibacy comes from the 11th Century. There is research that show that this goes back to earlier times. The Church could alter it, however, if it wanted. But despite the various problems, which we have in the life form of celibacy, it is a guidepost. We must give witness of a priestly life, where joy is palpable." The pastor of Windischgarsten also clearly stated, that the Priesthood is not a theme to be discussed in the church any longer. "That is a dogmatically formulated fundamental dogma that priestly consecration is not possible for women. We can't do what Jesus never did. He was surrounded by women and demonstrated their importance. But at the Last Supper the basic framework was established counted only the twelve male Apostles participated, and we can't go back on that. Otherwise it is a 2000 year long tradition that only men are consecrated," he insists.
Wagner appealed to the Bishops as well, that this Pastors' Initiative must be addressed with what must be said. He would like to say to Helmut Schüller that he has lost his way, that this act will not "lead to the healing of the Church". "We have already had a Reformation and know what came of that. The "Call to Disobedience" is a real scandal. We have so much good in the Church but are stuck on these same tired themes." The pastor of Windischgarsten is also criticizing the Austrian Bishops. "in my view money plays a bigger role with the Bishops and less so the courage to say: "This is the teaching of the Church. Whoever can't abide by that, must find another faith community." He believes that the Church "will probably have to become smaller", so that it can become more "basic" in order to become "big again". "We need a clear witness that we don't fear the numbers", says Wagner. For people who persist in the Pastors' Initiative, he says, this is a real "fall from faith".Link to kath.net...
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Editor: considering the Vienna Cardinal's earlier attack against Pope Benedict's choice for auxiliary Bishop of the scandal Diocese of Linz, it might not be hard to see how Pope Benedict regards this situation, considering the embarrassment the Linz Bishop faces, lying to the press about the fact that Rome refuses to acknowledge any of his choices.
Bishop Schwarz denied to "Standard" - a rumour - that Rome has said "No", back -- fact is: The Bishop has already proposed a large number of people to Rome.
Linz (kath.net) The Linz Bishop Ludwig Schwarz has denied the "Standard" publicized rumour, that Rome supposedly has said "No" to a Linz Auxiliary Bishop. "There isn't a single word in this report that's true! Rome has not given me a refusal concerning this matter," said Schwarz to the "Linzer Kirchenzeitung" (LKZ). The Linz Bishop has made known in any case, that the new Prefect required a time of "introduction and orientation in this matter". As kath.net has learned from Roman Church circles, the Linz Bishop Ludwig Schwarz has proposed an unusually large number of candidates to Rome. Fact is, that till now none of the proposals have been accepted by Rome and this subject is explosive considering the forced resignation of Gerhard Maria Wagner.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
While Cardinal Schönborn allows and participates in Discomasses in Vienna, featuring crispy pancake "hosts", and soft pedals his embarrassing media-fiasco in Medjugorje, he attacks without naming, the rejected Auxiliary Bishop of Linz, Father Wagner, whom he blames for the massive exodus of Catholics from the Church along with Bishop Williamson and the economy. (It's the economy stupid)
The Cardinal mentioned "ideological" conflicts about Episcopal appointments as well: "If someone has the reputation of being conservative, one can be fairly certain that there will be a media protest."
It is also, however, "often the person himself" -- the Cardinal renews his attack on Father Wagner.
"One can and should not avoid all conflicts, but some conflicts require firstly, that we question them. But here we must look to the individual case."
As Kreuz opines here, "Perhaps it's better to anger stupid Neo-conservatives who are powerless than to anger the "Old Liberals", who possess the amassed power of the world media establishment."
Kreuz mentions that there will be two Disco "Masses" this Sunday in Vienna with the theme, "chase out the gray".
Sunday, January 17, 2010
The Pastor of Windischgarstner has criticized the Diocese of Linz in an unsual way: And a disapproving hand wonders from far beyond our boarders about the grievance in Linz. [Father Wagner really does identify some serious problems which are not particular to Linz, but run throughout the Church.]
[Kathnet] The Priest of Windischgarstner Gerhard Maria Wagner has worked the grievances in the Diocese Linz with open reflections into the programme guide of the festival for ancient music in a Vienna Concert Hall. "Yes, in the Catholic Church the powder is burning," declared the Pastor and said, that he is not the "divider" rather that he is only at the point of conflict. "Finally, it isn't because of me, rather about an inner-Church controversy, in which I had actually become embroiled."
To the apparent peace in the Diocese Wagner opined: "Problems are in plain view, solutions will be delayed (...). Actually the Church is silent and covers the body that lay in Her own cellar. And beneath a reproving hand marvels from far over our boarders over grievances in the Diocese of Linz."
The pastor is critical about the growing number of pastoral assistants, "who question the teaching authority of the Church and do not earnestly accept the moral teachings of the Catholic Church" This all leads to a "latent schism" and to a "silent Church division". Many priests and lay assistants would effect "revolution against Pope and Church".
Furthermore "vagus priests, like for example, a well-known university teacher, who is hardly active in ministry, have the say in the Diocese." For Wagner the pastoral assistant has become established in a "Parallelklerus", that in the final analysis "directly undermines the Priestly authority", because it is not clear, "Why anyone should still be a priest, when things really went so simply." Wagner also criticized that in many Parishes in the Diocese of Linz how the norms for the correct practice of the liturgy aren't followed.