Humanely very peculiar
Mons. Gerhard Wagner of Linz has talked in public about his defenestration. The perpetrators were a crowd of cunning and cowardly paleo-liberals, slanderers and breakers of the oath of celibacy. The paleo-liberal Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn hopes that the Auxiliary Bishop of Linz appointed in January, Mons. Gerhard Wagner, would be silent in public.
The Austrian magazine 'profile' reported on 20 April.
But that would not be the way of Mons. Wagner - commented the magazine and goes further:
"He sits in his office at the rectory, avoiding no question, and says what he is thinks about the real circumstances in which he - who the Pope had already appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Linz - was forced to resign."
"Homosexuality is not normal"
The allegedly "great influence" of the Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn on the Pope was not the reason - denied Mons. Wagner, to the tabloid newspaper 'Krone'.
Mons. Wagner has maintained his criticism of the controversial novel "Harry Potter".
Also, he says that homosexuality needs healing: “Homosexuality is not normal."
And: "Healing is a positive term."
Catholic is forbidden
Mons. Wagner even attacked the murderous abortion laws and criticized the “fabric softening” Austrian Bishops:
"I say that today in the church one may no longer say what is Catholic. Have the bishops already greatly conformed to politics as well? "- he asks rhetorically.
In addition, Mons. Wagner knows that there is a connection between spiritual pollution - such as gay perversion - and natural events.
Mons. Wagner does not believe in the cuddly God propagated by the faithless clergy: "I put all my money for it, when anyone promotes the biblical position, where the speech of God is love."
The loving God who does everything the people want, "because he is so popular, does not exist" - stresses of Mons. Wagner.
There is the God of love - but He also shows us the means of punishment. "
Shot down from crevices in the Church
Against his appointment as Bishop was there an "organized resistance", which – he gives as analysis the Linzer deans joined.
The reason was a dispute about Catholic direction: "Since I am a priest, I do not go along with the Linz Way."
The expression "Linz Way" refers to the decades-long reconstruction of the Diocese of Linz by a collection of paleo-liveral, anticlerical diocesan bureaucrats.
This path is not Catholic and divides the Church - Mons. Wagner said: "That's why I was shot down."
Bishops without a backbone
Even the bishops "collapsed" - mainly Bishop Ludwig Schwarz of Linz:
"He confirmed to me many times that he is pleased about my appointment. But when it came to implementing it, he felt quickly hounded, and he has nobody to help him."
"When you sit so isolated in the bishop’s residence and it becomes difficult to implement things, you get fear of doing anything."
The bishop was afraid of public opinion and of the pithy statements of his newly appointed auxiliary Bishop - betrays Mons. Wagner.
Paleo-liberals shrink from dialogue
His enemies were working out of the ambush.
Nobody had dared to speak with him: "neither the chapter nor the dean, nor anyone else sought an interview with me before the resignation."
He spoke with Cardinal Schönborn on the phone a few days before the appointment. The cardinal congratulated him and welcomed him to the Bishops' Conference.
But even that was apparently a ruse: "A few days later he convened the special meeting by the bishops - because he already knew what should occur." - recalls Msgr. Wagner:
"He had called my bishop and said, you should resolve matters quickly, so that the session can run smoothly."
To Mons. Wagner, Cardinal Schönborn only spoke into the air: "Even up until now, he has not been in contact." (Cathcon- no surprise- he sacked his (I think) vicar general with a note under the door)
Mons. Wagner found this "humanely very peculiar."
"But he also probably has the fear, tha as Cardinal he will be damaged" - presumed Mons. Wagner.
Was there really no escape?
Mons. Wagner knows that no one "really" could force him to resign.
But at a certain point, he noticed "that a constructive working will not be possible and there is no way out."
The trigger: Mons. Wagner's malevolent enemies planned three days before his episcopal consecration to spread the lie that he had paid for a pregnant unmarried mother to have an abortion.
Mons. Wagner's comment: "Because I knew then that the lies were going to go further. That I no longer wanted. "
The Linz cathedral chapter was sent an anonymous note t: "It was a very interesting rumour."
The bishop had "terrible fear" that this could be made public.
His career as a Bishop Mons. Wagner does not mourn: "I am satisfied in my heart, and I prefer the people in my parish to the anonymous cathedral."
One reason for his assasination had probably been about money: "In the church there is always concern about money. The talk was of a wave of resignations. "