Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Catholic Rebels Challenge Austrian Bishops - Let us pray for Austria

From  gloria.tv  comes this odd piece of news from Austria. These Catholics (Protestants, really) think that they can challenge the bishops of Austria in the name of Vatican II!





Catholic Rebels Challenge Austrian Bishops


VIENNA (Reuters) - Dissident Austrian Catholics announced lay people will start celebrating Mass when a priest is unavailable, a clear call to disobedience just as the country's bishops hold their autumn conference.

A manifesto adopted by dozens of activists at the weekend said lay people will preach, consecrate and distribute communion in priestless parishes, said Hans Peter Hurka, head of the group We Are Church.

"Church law bans this. The question is, can Church law overrule the Bible? We are of the opinion, based on findings from the Second Vatican Council, that this (ban) is not possible," he said Monday.

He said he wanted bishops, led by Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, to respond to the paper, the latest in a series of challenges by grass-roots Catholic reformers in Austria.

A record 87,000 Austrians left the Church in 2010, many in reaction to sexual abuse scandals.

Reuters

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