‘Demonic’ show in a cathedral signals the ‘death of a feeble church’

‘Demonic’ show in a cathedral signals the ‘death of a feeble church’ December 10, 2018
Photo by Jürgen Hammerschmid via Facebook

Dancers in tights wearing devil’s horns, and a ‘pro-homosexual’ actor, have sparked a row in Vienna for appearing World AIDS Day charity concert  in a cathedral.

This was all too much for Austrian priest Father Johannes Maria Schwarz, who complained:

I am ashamed of my Church in this and in other questions. We do not fear the Almighty anymore! Nothing is anymore holy for us! We trample upon the souls that are entrusted to us!

Philipp Hochmair in a promotional YouTube video for the Life Ball

Moreover, Schwarz noted that bare-chested actor Philipp Hochmair  – a well-known Austrian actor who has appeared nude in various stage roles and played homosexual roles in pro-LGBT movies – was dancing on the communion rail during the Life Ball, which was staged to raise money for an HIV hospice in South Africa.

Christoph Schönborn with two fundraisers at the Life Ball. Photo by Jürgen Hammerschmid via Facebook

But his main target for criticism is Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, of St Stephen’s Cathedral, who not only allowed the event to take place, but sat in the front row.

Father Schwarz claims the event might well signal “the death of a feeble Church”.

Reporting on the controversy, Life Site News suggested that many Catholics would see the show as:

A slap in the face to God – as was the previous event at St Stephen’s Cathedral last year, at which  Conchita Wurst, a famous drag queen, gave a speech.

For the record, the show raised €68,000 for the hospice.


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  • Cozmo the Magician

    So what was this twits rel gripe? That the show raised money to fight aids? That people were not covered head to toe? Or maybe that he could not bring his favorite boy toy to the show because it was past his bedtime?

  • Kevin K

    If I didn’t know better, I’d say “father” Schwartz was trying to boost the signal of the event, using the Streisand Effect.

  • DingoJack

    Matthew 25
    41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
    42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
    43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
    44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
    45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
    46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

  • Barry Duke

    In case you hadn’t noticed Matthew 25, this is an ATHEIST site, and readers are not interested in your infantile religious delusions. Now go away and play in the traffic and don’t bother us again, you silly little freak.

  • barriejohn

    Hahaha. Remember this?

    https://youtu.be/-rbxov7CVi8

  • (((J_Enigma32)))

    As far as I know, DingoJack is not an right-wing Christian.

    If I had to guess, I’d say they’re quoting Matt 25 at Father Schwartz for his very Christ-like display of concern for his fellow man in response to this fundraiser, not at anyone on this blog.

  • barriejohn

    That’s what I thought. I’ve often quoted the Bible myself in response to some of their stupid claims and arguments.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    You can’t stop the signal!

  • DingoJack

    Nobody can stop the signal… [/Village People]

  • Jemolk

    Dingo’s an atheist. A very sarcastic atheist. Also has no objection to accusing right-wing christians of hypocrisy, as I’m fairly certain he’s doing here. He’s a regular over on Friendly Atheist and Dispatches from the Culture Wars.

  • barriejohn

    The fact is that, as we well know, you can cherry pick quotes from the Bible (and other fairy stories) to support quite contradictory arguments. We used to have fun doing this with proverbs (non-Biblical) when I was a boy (“Many hands make light work/Too many cooks spoil the broth”; “Look before you leap/He who hesitates is lost”, and so on), which may give a clue as to the origins of these collections of “ancient wisdom”!

  • DingoJack

    Ooh me too!
    Great minds think alike/ fools never differ!