Austria's Catholics leave Church in records numbers (because of SSPX bishops)
#1
Yep, that's the 'explanation' in the article: the SSPX bishops

Ummm..how's that work?

???

(On second thought I hope they're right, if they're leaving for that reason these are exactly the kind of bishops we want!)

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/e...rd-numbers

Quote:Austrian Catholics leave Church in record numbers

Jan 13, 2010, 11:00 GMT

Vienna - A record number of Austrians left the Catholic Church in 2009, disgruntled by the Vatican's controversial decision to readmit a bishop who questioned the Holocaust, local media reported Wednesday.

Last year, some 53,200 people disengaged from the country's biggest religious grouping, 31 per cent more than in the previous year.

The wave of exits started after the Vatican re-admitted four ultraconservative bishops early in 2009, including Bishop Richard Williamson, who is known for his revisionist views on the Holocaust, the daily Die Presse reported.

This was followed by an uproar over Rome's decision to designate the conservative Gerhard Wagner as an auxiliary bishop.

Wagner, who withdrew amid the protests, had linked the Harry Potter childrens' books with satanism and had said that homosexuality is curable.

A significant portion of Austrian Catholics see themselves as more liberal than the Vatican, opposing Rome's views on abortion, homosexuality or the ban on married priests.

'Many believers see their exit as an act of self-defence,' the liberal reform movement 'We are Church' said in a statement.

The group said that Catholics were reacting to repressive and undemocratic policies of the Vatican.

But a spokesman of the Vienna Archdiocese said that the current economic situation was also one reason why more people renounced their faith, as the there is a growing reluctance to pay church tax.

The share of Catholics among the population has sunk to around 66 per cent, from 89 per cent in 1961, according to government statistics.

There were 5.53 million Catholics in Austria as of December 31.
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#2
A "smaller but more pure Church". God willing.  :pray:
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#3
Quote:The group said that Catholics were reacting to repressive and undemocratic policies of the Vatican.
It was never a democracy. They are late on catching on.
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#4
Oh, Austria! Once upon a time so catholic, nowadays so wicked.

I mourn the demise of the catholic nations.
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#5
I wonder if Cardinal Schonborn would label this as "good fruit?"

I'd like to say "Good Riddance" but that would be uncharitable.  It would be nice to see +Schonborn lead his "faithful" in their protest.  Is this another "good fruit" of Medjugorje?



I guess we have to pray for their repentance   :pray:
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#6
Blessed Karl of Habsburg, pray for us and pray for Austria and your people.
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#7
Is this another case of "post hoc ergo propter hoc" fallacy (if I have that right)?

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#8
Wouldn't that be great if it caught on?

Imagine a church without Pelosi, Chittester, O'Brien, or any Kennedy. (where's the wistful emoticon?)

They aren't leaving, anyway. They never really belonged. Can you say CINO? 
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#9
Go right ahead and leave. Become Anglicans. They accept queers, abortionists, and all sundry freemasons.
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(01-14-2010, 01:31 AM)ILoveChineseMoonCakes Wrote: Go right ahead and leave. Become Anglicans. They accept queers, abortionists, and all sundry freemasons.

Not much different from the new church, either.
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