The priester22 campaign triggered a sigh of relief among the faithful. Cardinal Schönborn's (left) suffocating course of making the Church a mouthpiece for the government and its backers are contradicted.
By Wolfram Schrems*
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who repeatedly gives the impression of being an obedient servant of Austrian politics and its backers, once again sorely missed representing the Church and the faithful in the ORF television press hour this Palm Sunday. In all the important issues we are currently dealing with, from the Russia-Ukraine issue to the "refugees" ("No one leaves their homeland voluntarily" [!?]) and the "conspiracy theories" to his well-known propaganda for homosexuality, he is demonstrating complete conformity with this agenda. He even said "praise to the ORF".
And, of course, the cardinal once again spoke out in favor of COVID tyranny and the “science” that justifies it. This passage was particularly irritating to many Catholics and others of the time. He expressly considers compulsory vaccination to be “legitimate” (!). In connection with critical spirits, the cardinal formulated in an insulting way and actually misused the name of God: "Dear God, let brains reign".
Men of God against Corona Terror
The cardinal was dismissive about chaplains trying to save people from the irreversible effects of the COVID gene vaccine:
“We have a whole series of priests who are very opposed to vaccination and who represent that among the people. That's tedious."
In view of the fact that priests in the territory of the Archdiocese of Vienna have also suffered severe damage from the vaccination, of which at least one has died (because the "vaccination" suppresses cancer defense and the cancer has therefore flared up again), such a statement is a sign of a galloping loss of reality.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, addresses what the government is talking about and reflects the government's opinion.
The cardinal also did not correct the cheeky and slanderous insinuation of the ORF interviewer that the police chaplain who was then relieved of his office by the cardinal (whose name was not mentioned in the press hour, namely Deacon and psychotherapist Uwe Eglau) was at a rally (on 15 . January at Vienna's Heldenplatz) "appeared with people from the far right".1
Deacon Eglau, who had signed a letter from about six hundred police officers to Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (ÖVP) as spokesman, spoke at this rally and expressed himself very reasonably and balanced, a real pastor and man of God. And such a person will be thrown out at short notice. A shame.2
The prehistory of the priest22 action
In the press hour, the cardinal probably meant those priests (and then also deacons) who had started the important Priests22 campaign
It an organization of about 121 priests and deacons who first addressed the bishops discreetly with an extensive memorandum dated February 11 and warned of freedom of conscience regarding vaccination (according to Vatican II, Gaudium et spes 16). They also pointed to the many cases of serious vaccine damage and deaths. Episcopal responses to the memorandum were tenuous. Therefore, the initiators went with a heavily abbreviated version of the memorandum as an open letter, entitled "Confirma! - Strength! (Luke 22:32)” and dated March 25, 2022, to the public.
Unfortunately, times are so bad that only a few of these clergymen are able to expose themselves by name. The signatures are deposited with an Upper Austrian notary.
Representing all the signatories, Kalasantiner Father Andreas Schöffberger (Vienna), Dean and Pastor Erich Neidhart (Orth/Donau-Engelhartstetten Parish Association, Archdiocese of Vienna) and the already mentioned deacon Uwe Eglau (Vienna) have given an interview to the public. Since Youtube deleted the video, which was posted there on April 19 and stayed for about a week, it can be found on Odysee.com on the St. Boniface Institute channel.
In English translation, the open letter went around the world via eighty channels. Feedback even came from South Africa and New Zealand.
As you can hear from the ranks of the organizers, almost all Austrian dioceses and some religious orders are represented. However, some of the religious concerned have already been reprimanded by their superiors and are no longer allowed to comment on the subject.
The Priester22 campaign contradicts the Corona tyranny and frees the Church from the chains of government servitude
According to the organizers, the bishops were "living in a bubble".
Pastoral experience shows that even highly educated and scientifically savvy Catholics do not have a critical view of what is happening, of “measures” and “vaccination”.
In the clergy and in the religious orders there are also increasing numbers of serious illnesses and deaths, with which, however, any connection with the vaccination is reflexively denied. Or silence is simply ordered.
As you can see, “transparency” and “dialogue” are not very far when it comes to the interests of political powers.
Incidentally, the organizers of Priester22 are well informed scientifically and medically and, based on the specialist literature and the experience of the doctors, are of course aware of the devastating mode of action of the mRNA vaccination: This leads to the suppression of the immune system, to the resurgence of cancer that has already been successfully suppressed, and to its recurrence, of tuberculosis, massive occurrence of shingles (herpes zoster) and other disorders (personality changes, symptoms similar to drunkenness such as articulation disorders, loss of taste, etc.).
From the open letter
The following is a brief overview of the statement by Priester22.
“In Austria there are an estimated two million citizens who refuse vaccination for well-considered reasons. It is a matter of course that the Church also has to stand up for these people, according to the words of Paul: I became everything to everyone (1 Cor 9:22b). The divisions within society that are evident will not be resolved by throwing disparaging slogans at those who oppose vaccination.”
The initiators are very critical of the calculated damage caused by the "measures":
“Thousands of livelihoods have already been destroyed by the government’s disproportionate measures. People (families, small, medium-sized as well as some large companies, employees, students, etc.) are facing existential ruin. There is also psychological pressure and bullying. (...) Not to forget the precarious situation of older people in nursing and retirement homes, who are exposed to unreasonable restrictions on visits, the increased suicide rate and the increase in psychiatric illnesses confirmed by doctors, especially among children and adolescents. Not to mention the rifts that cut across families and friendships. The Church cannot remain silent on this. And more: You have to be unequivocally on the side of the oppressed and needy. The word of the Lord is clear: What you did for one of the least of my brothers... (Mt 25:40).”
An important ethical question is the abortion contamination of the vaccines:
“As can be seen from the serious analysis by the Lozier Institute, all vaccines that are currently (or were) used in Austria are related to abortion – be it that they contain fetal cell lines, be it that laboratory tests with fetal cell lines were performed. The Second Vatican Council in Gaudium et Spes 51 calls abortion a 'detestable crime'. To counter the argument that the person using the vaccine can soothe his conscience that he is only participating in a remote involvement, as Pro-Lifers and St. John Paul II, have repeatedly emphasized, that when one 'benefits from, he at least implicitly supports, a structure of evil in the use of such vaccines.' The continued development of such cell lines and the other and increasing use of human fetal tissue to this day proves him right.”
The initiators also emphasize that truthful investigations into the danger of COVID, hospital occupancy and the effectiveness of vaccinations have hardly been made. They also criticize the incomprehensible pressure of opinion:
"Isn't it conceivable that since the beginning of the Covid crisis, critical voices from experts have been systematically suppressed, disqualified, ridiculed, censored or immediately branded with the defamatory label "Covidiot" and that alternative treatment methods tried out by doctors are concealed in the media or all too often been discredited? And aren't the available data on the catastrophic side effects of vaccination a clear call for reflection and correction?"
At the end it says:
“One last thing: let us not allow Austrian society to remain divided or continue to be divided. We know who divides. As pastors we have to fight for unity in truth. We take to heart the word of the Lord, which He said admonishing Peter: And you, when you have converted, then strengthen your brothers! (Lk 22:32) Convert and strengthen: Where we have been silent for too long, we ask for forgiveness. We want to fulfill the task of strengthening with this statement. Please send press inquiries in writing to: email@example.com
The initiators published around 200 letters from Catholics who thanked them for the open letter. One of these reactions is then commented on as follows:
"'FINALLY! Finally a word is coming from the Church!' This quote from one of the numerous responses to our public letter expresses a motif that is often heard.
Why everything took so long and how everything developed is to be briefly explained here.
We priests and deacons of the 'Priester22' network have been confronted with the developments of the past two years just like everyone else. We couldn't help but be amazed at how suddenly only one topic began to dominate daily events: Corona! The measures! Vaccination! Just like the other people and groups, we also had to deal with the topic and take a stand. Thank God there were also alternative news channels where other perspectives and warning voices could be heard.”
The Church in Austria seems to be deeply connected to political powers, which must also be understood as a legacy of the unfortunate heresy of Josephinism. In the Corona campaign, high-ranking and prominent clerics, starting with Cardinal Schönborn, allowed themselves to be carried away into incomprehensible statements. As is well known, Caritas President Michael Landau spoke more or less cryptically in favor of the coercive measures. The Viennese [Freemason] cathedral Priest Toni Faber stated that he had "no sympathy for the unvaccinated".
Against this background, the Priester22 campaign is a pleasant surprise.
May it bear rich fruit!
*Wolfram Schrems, Vienna, Mag. theol., Mag. phil., church catechist, Pro-Lifer
Image: Youtube/AUF1 (screenshots)
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1 I was present at this rally and noticed what I've noticed for a good year and a half, namely that the demonstrations and rallies critical of the measures bring together speakers and participants from very different, often contrary, ideological camps. For the ORF, of course, something is quickly "far right" if it does not correspond to the political agenda.
2 Reference should be made to the impressive interview conducted by Marie-Christine Giuliani from FPÖ-TV with Deacon Eglau on January 25, shortly after the release. A current interview with Deacon Eglau and Father Schöffberger can be found on the online news platform AUF 1