THE historic Catholic cathedral of St Stephen in Vienna hosted its third ‘blasphemous’ AIDS charity at the weekend, much to the fury of deranged zealot Alexander Tschugguel, above, who came public attention when he threw a pagan idol into the River Tiber during the Vatican’s troubled Amazon Synod.
He arranged a protest outside the cathedral and prayed the rosary outside the cathedral in reparation for what far right-wing LifeSiteNews branded “a pro-LBGT concert” organised by a group called “Believe Together”.
Ahead of the event, LifeSiteNews slammed Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn for allowing it to take place. Dorothy Cummings McLean howled:
The event last year, which the Cardinal attended, featured a shirtless actor known for playing homosexual roles standing on the altar rail, loud rock and electronic music, and actors dressed as demons.
It is terrible and a shame that things like this event ‘Believe Together’ can happen in our cathedral, and we will pray for the people who go inside to see and join this happening.
McLean, who clearly supports acts of desecration against indigenous people’s religious carvings, wrote:
This will be Tschugguel’s second public action against the desecration of Catholic churches by profane events permitted by Catholic clergy. In October, idols representing the Andean goddess Pachamama were used in ceremonies before and during the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region in Rome.
Tschugguel visited Rome and saw the idols enshrined in the Carmelite Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina. He later returned with a friend to remove the profane statuettes and cast them into the Tiber.
A young Austrian man who spoke to LifeSiteNews under condition of anonymity said that although raising funds for HIV prevention is good and worthy of being supported by the Church, organising an event with people opposed to Catholicism sends a bad message.
He wrote via social media.
Organising an event with people who openly oppose the Church’s moral teachings on nearly everything (contraception, family, sex, homosexuality, etc.) and furthermore hosting such an event in one of the most important churches in the German-speaking world sends the wrong signals to the faithful.
It waters down the doctrine of faith and weakens the position of our Church on such matters.
This year, Austria’s “infamous drag queen” Conchita Wurst, above, was one of a number of performers scheduled to appear at the “Believe Together” fundraiser in the 14th-century cathedral. Wurst also took part in a similar event in the cathedral in 2017. Conchita came to international attention after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 as Austria’s entrant with the song “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
Cries of “blasphemy” were directed at the cathedral as far back as 2008, when the Dommuseum in Vienna, the art gallery attached to the historic cathedral, hosted an exhibition of works by ‘a self-avowed Marxist atheist’, Alfred Hrdlicka. Among the exhibits was a rendition of the Last Supper with Christ and His Apostles depicted as homosexuals engaged in an orgy.
Asked why the apostles were depicted copulating, the artist responded:
There were no women around.
Like other organisations of its ilk, The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, had conniptions over the “Religion, Flesh and Power” exhibition, and called on Catholics to demand the resignation of Bernhard Böhler, Director of the Museum. LifeSiteNews also piled in, and urged Catholics to protest.