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Via Ecumenical News International: http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=5284

The head of Austria’s Roman Catholic church has agreed to give one of his parish churches to Orthodox Christians, after an appeal against the decision by local Catholics was rejected by the Vatican on 11 November.

In October 2011, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn said he had decided to merge two neighboring parishes in Vienna so that the church of Our Lady of Sorrows could be taken over by the Serbian Orthodox church’s diocese of Central Europe.

However, the move was protested by local Roman Catholics, including Poles who attend Polish-language services in the church and who staged demonstrations outside Vienna’s St. Stefan Cathedral.

In an open letter, Schonborn said he had promised to donate the church after determining it could no longer be maintained by its declining Roman Catholic congregation, adding that he had arranged Polish services in other local churches.

“I am aware this is a painful decision for people connected with this place. But the churches we own were built in other times in the expectation that there would be more Catholics,” he said.

However, the handover was suspended pending the result of an appeal to the Vatican by the church's Polish priest, Tadeusz Cichon. In a statement, the Vienna archdiocese said Schonborn had received the Vatican decree rejecting the appeal and would now hold talks with parish representatives on the church's handover.

Meanwhile, a Serbian Orthodox spokesman, Mirko Kolundzic, welcomed the cardinal's ecumenical gesture, adding that the request for a church had been made directly by Patriarch Irinej after his 2010 installation.

"There are up to 160,000 Orthodox Serbs living in and around Vienna, and we've very few places for our liturgies, not to mention any community life," Kolundzic told Poland's Catholic information agency, KAI, on 15 November.
Of course the Orthies would be thankful for this "ecumenical gesture", since it's one down for the Evil Latins! Crazy!

It seems our Lord is slowly withdrawing saints from society and this world so as to prepare us for the worldwide bureaucracy and emptiness that is slowly overtaking civilisation. Perhaps if Austria and Vienna specifically had men to preach the true faith, rather than make concessions, perhaps there wouldn't have been a declining number of Catholics in that parish. The bishops moan and wail about having to close churches or merge parishes, yet they won't lift a finger to stop gay priests, feminist priests, and other such nutcases. "What can men do against such reckless hate"?
Sad. Not only does this show how few people there are in the pews, it's also a compromise with a schismatic sect.
The good Cardinal would probably burn the church to the ground before giving it to a TLM community.
(11-17-2011, 06:00 PM)Albino_Luciani Wrote: [ -> ]The good Cardinal would probably burn the church to the ground before giving it to a TLM community.

This has actually happened (well, not literally burning). SSPX and other groups have tried to acquire closed churches only to be refused.
I'd rather see a church in the hands of the Orthodox, who have a valid rite, than in the hands of protestants.
(11-17-2011, 06:02 PM)Servire Deo Wrote: [ -> ]
(11-17-2011, 06:00 PM)Albino_Luciani Wrote: [ -> ]The good Cardinal would probably burn the church to the ground before giving it to a TLM community.

This has actually happened (well, not literally burning). SSPX and other groups have tried to acquire closed churches only to be refused.
Thats cuz schonborns a tool
(11-17-2011, 06:33 PM)Adelbrecht Wrote: [ -> ]I'd rather see a church in the hands of the Orthodox, who have a valid rite, than in the hands of protestants.

Follow this to its logical conclusion:

I'd rather see a church in the hands of the Muslims, who are monotheistic, than in the hands of the Hindus.

The truth is that this is the great apostasy warned of by Our Lady.  Actions like these seriously call into question whether these Bishops still are in communion with the Church.
Here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, churches aren't given away; they're sold in order to pay sex abuse settlements.
Sad, but the Cardinal is right in that this wouldn't happen if there were enough Catholics in the pews to keep it open.
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