Slash: Austria to close hundreds of parishes

This is stunning, from the National Catholic Reporter:   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 [Read More...]

Austrian vocations campaign takes to the streets

And it features an image of a deacon, a priest and nun. Details:  Launching the billboard campaign Tuesday, Klaus Kueng, St. Polten’s bishop, described the lack of interest in the priesthood as “a huge problem.” But Lukas Leitner, whose advertising agency developed the project, was optimistic that his strategy would bear fruit. Eighty large billboards [Read More...]

Austrian cardinal continues dialogue with protesting priests

And he’s trying to downplay the controversy surrounding the situation, according to CNS: Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna is not playing “a game of chicken” with priests calling for reforms in church practice, but is interested in getting the priests to work with him to bring new life to Viennese parishes, his spokesman said. “The [Read More...]

"Call to Disobedience": cardinal to meet with dissident priests

Hundreds of priests in Austria are reportedly involved in an effort that has sparked criticism — but, so far, no disciplinary action.  But that could soon change. From CNS: Michael Pruller, spokesman for Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, said the cardinal plans to meet in late August or September with the Viennese priests who are [Read More...]


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