Wagner's resignation "is not totally voluntary"
His resignation was not totally voluntary, said the Bishop-designate of Linz Maria Gerhard Wagner in an interview with the German newspaper "Tagespost". He had feared to lose the support of Bishop Ludwig Schwarz.
"No longer a further basis"
The interview with the Tagespost was already undertaken on Tuesday evening. Ultimately he could – according to Wagner - "envisage no basis for a fruitful work as a bishop." "The deaneries perhaps I could convince, but what happens when the bishop gets scared?" said the Linz Bishop-designate. The ideas that he would be disinvited from confirmations and turned away from visitations of the parishes, along with "the anxiety and distress" of the diocesan bishop led to the resignation of Wagner are reported by the "Tagespost". Resignation on Sunday The designated Linz Maria Bishop Gerhard Wagner on Sunday asked on Sunday for his nomination to be withdrawn. "Given the fierce criticism, I am in prayer, and after consultation with the diocesan bishop came to the conclusion to ask the Holy Father in Rome to withdraw my nomination as Bishop of Linz, he said on Sunday in a statement published by the Diocese of Linz.
1983 Code of Canon Law
Can. 188 A resignation made out of grave fear that is inflicted unjustly or out of malice, substantial error, or simony is invalid by the law itself.
Father Wagner has hung the Bishop of Linz out to dry with the comment highlighted above.
No wonder there has been a deathly silence from the Vatican.
There are now four options for the Vatican
Resignation of Bishop Schwarz, who to obtain his job in the first place gave assurances to the Vatican that he would sort the Diocese out, after the chaos which had ensued from the ueberliberal Schwarz.
Coadjutor for Bishop Schwarz to give him time to redeem himself.
Refusal to accept the resignation of Father Wagner from episcopal dignity.
In any of these cases, the liberals of the Diocese of Linz have just run out of road. They will go down shouting and complaining.