Vienna Archdiocese defends giving churches to Orthodox
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Vienna Archdiocese defends giving churches to Orthodox

http://www.catholicsentinel.org/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=34&ArticleID=23440

Austria's Vienna Archdiocese has defended its gifts of Catholic churches to Orthodox communities, as part of a current reorganization.

"Our own church is receding in Vienna, whereas other Christian confessions are on the rise because of immigration," Michael Pruller, the archdiocese spokesman, told Catholic News Service Dec. 19.

"Many large churches were built in the 19th century for parishes numbering tens of thousands. As in other countries, we're now having to get rid of churches, which can't be maintained by their small congregations."

He said the archdiocese had tried to find an "alternative Catholic use" for unwanted churches, to prevent them being turned into "supermarkets and cafes," but would otherwise hand them over to other Christian denominations. No money is given as compensation, he said.

In 2015, the archdiocese will formally hand over St. Anthony of Padua Church to the Romanian Orthodox, who have already begun celebrating liturgies there. The Kathpress news agency reported that fewer than 30 Catholics currently attended Sunday Mass at the church.

Under the reorganization, unveiled in September 2012, the Vienna Archdiocese's 660 parishes are to be merged into 150 larger units, each served by three-five priests. Lay volunteers will conduct Liturgies of the Word in smaller affiliated communities.

In November 2011, the Vatican approved the handover of Vienna's Our Lady of Sorrows Church to the expanding Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Central Europe, despite protests by its predominantly Polish parishioners.

Two other churches have been given to the Coptic Orthodox community and one to the Syrian Orthodox Church, which is also negotiating the handover of a second.
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Well I prefer him giving those Churches to the Orthodox rather than protestants and Muslims. At least it stays in traditional hands via Byzantine Christians. Cardinal Schonborn has always had a good relationship with the Orthodox. It's even better knowing that a Divine Liturgy will be presided over in those churches rather than a techno Mass, or a NO Mass with snake charmers. That's what you get from the "Spirit of Vatican II". Loosing churches for the sake of wannabe protestantism!.
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(12-30-2013, 12:59 AM)bkovacs Wrote: Well I prefer him giving those Churches to the Orthodox rather than protestants and Muslims. At least it stays in traditional hands via Byzantine Christians. Cardinal Schonborn has always had a good relationship with the Orthodox. It's even better knowing that a Divine Liturgy will be presided over in those churches rather than a techno Mass, or a NO Mass with snake charmers. That's what you get from the "Spirit of Vatican II". Loosing churches for the sake of wannabe protestantism!.

Agreed it could be worst.
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Of all the sick possibilities my mind could spew out this is the good one.

tim
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I agree that this is probably the best choice among a lot of bad choices. I too would rather see them go to the Orthodox than to any others.

It's mind boggling to have parishes with 10,000 members though!
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It's better than selling them all of them.

I wonder what the Orthodox think about this opportunity given to them, since I keep hearing how Anti-Roman they are.
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(12-30-2013, 02:16 PM)RedCaves Wrote: It's better than selling them all of them.

I wonder what the Orthodox think about this opportunity given to them, since I keep hearing how Anti-Roman they are.

They're not all anti-Roman,  especially the "born Orthodox" laity and secular clergy.  The anti-Roman ones tend to be (1) Western converts from Protestantism  and (2) the monk of Mount Athos.  The former tend to have an internet presence out of all proportion to their real numbers.
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(12-30-2013, 02:16 PM)RedCaves Wrote: It's better than selling them all of them.

I wonder what the Orthodox think about this opportunity given to them, since I keep hearing how Anti-Roman they are.

Totally agree...maybe this will warm them up towards the Church.
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"The Church is not falling to pieces. It has never been better." -Pope Francis
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(12-30-2013, 02:16 PM)RedCaves Wrote: It's better than selling them all of them.

I wonder what the Orthodox think about this opportunity given to them, since I keep hearing how Anti-Roman they are.

First of all the Eastern Orthodox are just as "Roman" as Roman Catholics claim to be. Remember Constantine moved the capitol of Rome to Constantinople. In the Oriental Orthodox lands, the Eastern Orthodox Christians (Byzantines) are referred to as Romans (Eastern Half of Roman Empire). And Roman Catholics are referred to as "Latins". So a more correct expression is that they are "Anti-Latin", not "Anti-Roman". 
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