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Hard to know where to start with this, but allows me to highlight a few things in this article from Angelqueen.rog.
http://angelqueen.org/2012/10/08/archdio...sh-reform/




Archdiocese of Vienna to undergo radical parish reform


[How will the Neo-Catholic/Fr. Fessio/Ignatius Press types react to this?]

Archdiocese of Vienna to undergo radical parish reform

Mon, 10/08/2012
by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

ncronline.org/node/36401

The Vienna archdiocese, which is one of the largest in Europe and extends from the Czech frontier down to the southern Alps, will undergo radical parish reforms, reducing its 660 parishes to 150 in the next 10 years.

“This is the most comprehensive reorganization of the Vienna archdiocese since that of Austrian Emperor Joseph II [1765-1790] 200 years ago,” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn told journalists at a Sept. 19 media reception in the archbishop’s palace in Vienna.

The main reasons for these measures were the increasing shortage of priests and the steady decline in the number of Catholics, especially of those who regularly attended Mass and were involved in their local parishes, the cardinal explained.

“I am fully aware that these reforms denote a far-reaching change of perspective,” Schönborn said. “We must take leave of the traditional concept that the church is only present where there is a priest. That is a restricted view that has developed over time but which must now be corrected. Church is community, and leading offices in the church should in principle be carried out collaboratively, even if the parish priest has the final responsibility according to canon law.” This is from a prelate who is leading contender for the papacy. Perhaps someone should remind his eminence about St. Ignatius' words about wherever the bishop (or priest, for it where we receive the sacramemts) there is the Catholic Church.


The “common priesthood of all the baptized” :'(( will take center stage from now on, Schönborn said, meaning that those who have been baptized and confirmed will be responsible for evangelization and pastoral work. The reform is meant to bring about a new form of cooperation between priests and lay Catholics based on their common vocation to Christianity, he said.

The reforms are scheduled to start in January, and if everything goes according to plan, 80 percent of today’s parishes would be amalgamated by 2022, Schönborn said. It is not yet possible to predict exactly how many nor which parishes would survive, he said, but several hundreds of the present parishes would certainly find themselves part of one large central parish in 10 years’ time, the cardinal explained.

Several priests — “at least three to five” — would be active in each of the central parishes and would run the parish jointly with lay parishioners.

“Participatory leadership with clear task allocation” was the aim, Schönborn said. One priest in each of the central parishes would be responsible to the archbishop.

Within these large central parishes, there would be many small affiliated communities run only by lay Catholics who would work voluntarily. The cardinal expressly emphasized that no parishes would be closed, but smaller parishes might be amalgamated with larger ones.

Catholics would have to travel to one of the large central parishes to celebrate the Eucharist, but Services of the Word would be celebrated by the laypeople running the local affiliated communities.

Church activities would be dedicated to evangelization to a far greater extent than they had been up to now, Schönborn said.

“More and more vibrant communities will be able to develop,” he said, as there would be less administrative work, costs would be bundled, resources pooled and thus “more time left for evangelization.”

“There are still many problems to be solved. We will have to say goodbye to a great deal of what has become dear to us, but the farewell is at the same time a new departure,” Schönborn said.* * *

[Christa Pongratz-Lippitt is an Austrian correspondent for the London-based weekly Catholic magazine The Tablet.]



Explain to me how this is a celebration of the fruits of VII? Is this what we are to point to as success of the council?? If not, then what is?!? :eyeroll:
YouParish
(10-09-2012, 11:30 AM)St. Pius of Trent Wrote: [ -> ]Explain to me how this is a celebration of the fruits of VII? Is this what we are to point to as success of the council?? If not, then what is?!? :eyeroll:

It's a big mess - plain and simple.  I'm not sure what else to say.
Here are some parishes in Austria that will not be closing anytime soon:  http://www.fsspx.at/
(10-09-2012, 12:17 PM)ImpyTerwilliger Wrote: [ -> ]Here are some parishes in Austria that will not be closing anytime soon:  http://www.fsspx.at/


So much for the success of Vatican II.  What a disaster!!!
We should pray for the priests who are stretched thin, the laity who will have to endure this huge turnover, and the faithful who will be misled into a sort of Protestantism by the proposed "lay services."

:pray:

(10-09-2012, 02:48 PM)jacobhalo Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-09-2012, 12:17 PM)ImpyTerwilliger Wrote: [ -> ]Here are some parishes in Austria that will not be closing anytime soon:  http://www.fsspx.at/


So much for the success of Vatican II.  What a disaster!!!

The Church's springtime, the new pentecost.
If it was simply a matter of there not being enough priests, or not enough Mass-going laymen, I would try to give this man the benefit of the doubt. However, he talks about the priesthood of the faithful, and priestless services as if it's a good thing. This man is a Vatican II apostate, and this is just the thing they have been planning all along. Of course, having cardinals who are apostates is nothing new. Fr. Malachi Martin talked about this for a long time. It's just always jolting to see it as it unfolds.
But, it's the SSPX that is the non-Catholic cult.
Sad... so much for the new springtime.
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