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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bishop of Linz denounced to the Roman Rota

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German original from kath.net

Dietmar Fischer, the head of HLI-Austria, has made a complaint in Rome against the Diocesan Bishop of Linz – it is based on the malicious rumors around the resignation of Gerhard Wagner - journalist Ertl strongly criticises the 'Wagner-rumour'

The Diocese of Linz is facing a further excitement - the Causa "Gerhard Maria Wagner " and the rumours against Wagner made known to the world could still have repercussions in Rome. The well-known right to lifer Dietmar Fischer of the group HLI (Human Life International) has submitted a few days ago to the Supreme Court of the Vatican suspicions of coercion and extortion in connection with the forced resignation of Gerhard Maria Wagner.

The complaint is directed not only against the Linz cathedral chapter, but also against the Diocesan Bishop Ludwig Schwarz, who is the complaint of Fischer shown to kath.net is under "suspicion of assisting" the allegations.

In the complaint shown to kath.net, inter alia: "There is not only the suspicion of extortion but much more confirmation of the suspicion of obvious coercion and blackmail from insider reports. Also, the examination, responses and reactions of the people involved give evidence of coercion and blackmail "

The complaint deals mostly with the unproven rumour, according to which Wagner gave a woman money for an abortion(name is known to kath.net) money for an abortion. Wagner himself has spoken out against the rumour in interviews with kath.net and the Tagespost, a consequence at the legal level still being possible.

Dietmar Fischer says to kath.net: "Without the facts can be assessed and no legal advice was Wagner because of the potential harm and scandal to the Church forced to immediately make a statement to sign, for which he and the other attendees with no one allowed to talk about. Thus, clearly the offense of coercion and blackmail took place. It is a monstrous and infamous lie to accuse specifically Fr Wagner of a crime in this issue of abortion and that he offered money to a girl to carry out an abortion”

Fischer told kath.net that he had collected some evidence in the last 2-3 weeks, including statements by Gerhard Wagner, Mary and various statements from memory of conversations, at which also Bishop Ludwig Schwarz, was present. All this is now deposited in Rome.

Finally, Fischer says: "If this blackmail cannot be proved and elucidated, the Church and especially in Austria in Linz in the future, will always and everywhere be open to blackmail."

Criticism of the rumour targeted on Wagner rumor comes this week from the famous church critical journalist Josef Ertl. On his weblog he writes on the case of Wagner: "What is currently happening in the Diocese of Linz is evil. Wagner resigned after rumors said he had given a woman [...] money for abortion. Wagner denies this. Quite the contrary, he had financially helped a woman to avoid an abortion. Whoever placed such rumours in the world, is suffering from negative thinking. We can discuss the positions of Wagner and find they are objectionable. But from this depth, hitting below belt, the confrontation cannot take place. That is unchristian. "
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