The Diocese of Linz is not at peace: Bishop Ludwig Schwarz broke off yesterday for a sudden visit to Rome. The originally scheduled meeting with young people planned for yesterday evening in Linz Cathedral planned, which is called the monthly youth catechesis, had to be canceled.
The Diocese is trying to portray the travel as nothing particularly unusual and is seeking to avoid giving the impression that Bishop Schwarz was summoned to Rome.
However, there is much to be said for such an interpretation: it has been confirmed that the Vatican visit is in connection with Gerhard Maria Wagner's renunciation of the appointment as Bishop of Linz, and that this particular visit was not planned of a long time. It should be about recent events in the Diocese of Linz and about the extraordinary results of the Episcopal Conference "personally" are spoken.
It was in the Diocese assumes that the turbulence with the withdrawal of Wagner would rapidly create, this new rush of confidence diminished.
Schönborn in Linz
The sensitivity of the situation is shown by the fact that during this past week, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn should have come to Linz for an unofficial meeting with Bishop Schwarz.
Behind the scenes, it is stated that Wagner's withdrawal was originally received in the Vatican by the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops Giovanni Battista Re and had been accepted.
But then Wagner made utterances in various interviews that his withdrawal was made "not entirely voluntarily", which excited attention in Rome. Above all, Wagner, in this context suggested Bishop Schwarz no longer gave him his confidence which with the critical opinion of the Austrian bishops on the Wagner Appointment triggered irritation.
Riddles about the consequences
The church arch-conservative wing to which Wagner belongs spreads rumours that there could even be an apostolic visitation, as was the case in the Diocese of St. Pölten after the Seminary scandal. This variant was described by church experts as highly unlikely. "Of this we have heard nothing," says a contact in the Linz diocese.
What consequences that the Schwarz trip to Rome could have for the Diocese , remains a mystery in Linz