Edit: ++Bezak was bad news. He was one of the bishops Pope Benedict got rid of. There’s an interesting video of him in hipster clothes, a black turtleneck, sport coat, hosting a Jazz concert in the sanctuary of a Church. It pretty much symbolizes his tenure in one of Slovakia’s most important Catholic diocese. Despite the evidence presented against him, he still has a loyal following of 68ers, the kind of people who don’t see how a blue jeans ecclesiology is a problem.
Followers of the deposed predecessor Bezak have protested silently - Francis in the decree of appointment: Orosch is the right bishop, with "gifts of mind and heart" bishop to take over the administration of the Archdiocese of Trnava
Trnava (kath.net / KAP) The "Slovak Rome", the cathedral city of Trnava (Trnava) will have a new archbishop: On Friday, the former administrator and Bishop January Orosch (photo) was officially inaugurated. In addition to the Slovak bishops - including the pre-predecessor Oroschs, Jan Sokol - bishops from the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Hungary will also be present. The inauguration will be led by the Chairman of the Slovak Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Stanislav Zvolensky. Located approximately 130 kilometers east of Vienna, Trnava has about 70,000 inhabitants and is also called the "Slovak Rome" for the many beautiful churches in the Old Town.
However, the followers of Orosch’s predecessor, Robert Bezak, have caused a stir under a banner, leading the procession, including bishops and clergy. The banner bore the inscription “Always our Archbishop." The followers of the Bishop, compelled into retirement on July 2012 by Benedict XVI. Bezak had announced in advance to show their solidarity with him during the ceremony to "discretely". Some of them called the bishops to “shame".
The reasons for Bezak's dismissal are still not public today. [More heads should roll like this one.] Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who played a role as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops in Rome for the dismissal of Robert Bezaks, is a guest of the General Assembly of the Conference of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) scheduled for the 3rd to 6th of October in Bratislava.
Sponsored by the Apostolic Nuncio in Slovakia, Mario Giordana, Pope Francis says in the decree, that he was convinced that Orosch was the right bishop, with "gifts of mind and heart" appointed to the administration of the Archdiocese to take Trnava.
During his sermon, partially given in Hungarian, the new archbishop then focused mainly on the role of the bishop as a shepherd. "In the Church there are many problems," said Orosch, but this could not be named without also talking at the same time about "the crisis in society.”
Lay Catholics consider Katholikentag
Previously, it was 28 August for a meeting of representatives of the Slovak lay movement with representatives of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZDK) arrived in Freising. In a report of the Press Office of the Slovak Bishops’ Conference, the lay Slovak Catholics would consider holding a day after the German model. The "regular dialogue between the bishops and the laity" is an interesting approach in order to "discuss the current situation in the Church and society.” [Nuff said]
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Edit: It looks like Cardinal Ouellette is taking this assignment very seriously, and taking the wolves down to size. These Bishops are fairly small potatoes. It will be interesting to see more visible and powerful prelates fall to this kind of treatment.
(kreuz.net, Trnava) Yesterday, Archbishop Robert Bezak of Tyrnau, dismissed on July 2nd, took leave during Mass in the chapel of his former Episcopal Palace.
This was reported by the Austrian news agency 'kathpress'.
The Media Bosses Know the Background
Msgr. Bezak celebrated the New Mass. The new Diocesan administrator, Auxiliary Bishop Jan Orosch, concelebrated.
At present Archbishop Bezak is located, according to press reports, in a cloister of the Redemptorists in Bratislava.
The Slovakian television station 'TA3' will publish before long, the background of the dismissal.
It's All True
The broadcaster presented an exchange of letters between Msgr Bezak and the Roman Bishops Congregation.
The documents contain information of an query of the Archbishop regarding his financial situation, his faithfulness and his manner of life.
The president of the Slovakian Bishops Conference, Archbishop Stanislav Zvolensky of Pressburg, confirmed the truthfulness of this information in a press conference.
Previously to that, he met with the Slovakian nuncio, Archbishop Mario Giordana, for four hours.
Who it was that brought the confidential documents to light, he did not say.
This Inquiry Came Too Late
The Bishops Congregation asked Msgr Bezak -- in hindsight -- about the state of his priestly ordination, about euthanasia, abortion, premarital infidelity and women's ordination.
The Archbishop worked prior to his ordination as Bishop in April 2009, as an Old Liberal Professor of Moral Theology.
Still further, the Bishops Congregation charged that Msgr. Bezak is said to have "presented himself in secular clothing (jeans and shirt, sweat suit)".
Still, the secular style of the contemporary clergyman (zeitgeistlichen) was well known before his ordination to Bishop...
As Everywhere: He promoted the Vermin of the Diocese
The Bishops Congregation informed Msgr Bezak also about the financial situation of the Archdiocese and about the conduct of a female business manager.
Msgr Bezak had to justify himself further, because he had surrounded himself "with colleagues of dubious reputation".
The situation related to homosexual clergy and priests living in concubinage.
The Bishops Congregation presented information -- and photographs --, where the Archbishop visited "gyms, saunas, baths and public showers" with dubious persons.
Back or Homosexual Problems?
In the response to the last criticism, Msgr Bezak criticized the sharp tone of the Congregation.
He didn't know what a "public shower" was, has no times for baths and is not interested in saunas.
He was simply at the sports center because of his back problem.