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The parish priest of Windischgarsten in conversation about his absenteeism from the Mass yesterday, Reconciliation, Father Friedl and the division in the Catholic Church.
OÖN: Father, what did you do this afternoon?
Wagner: I was visiting.
OÖN: Did you not think of visiting a Church?
Wagner: The reconciliation Mass? No! I do not know what exactly there is to be reconciled. I see no
need for negotiations. And incidents like the Corpus Christi procession in Linz with the focaccia bread “monstrance” annoy me.
OÖN: This sounds like a convenient excuse.
Wagner: No! I have said about two weeks ago before witnesses that I would participate in the reconciliation Mass. Actions such as those with the monstrance concern the unity of the church.
OÖN: What are you doing for that?
Wagner: There is still much to be done. Catholicism must clearly result. The split in the diocese is
there, you cannot talk nicely around it. If I have a problem today, I must consider it and talk.
OÖN: Did you recently have contact with Bishop Schwarz?
Wagner: We have been on the phone two days ago for half an hour. He invited me to the reconciliation Mass. I told him: Please do it as you want, but we both have nothing to reconcile. Whether he has a strong regard for my person or is concerned about it, I do not care. Everyone has a different lifestyle.
OÖN: Just like the Ungenach priest Josef Friedl.
Wagner: I do not know anything from my side. Do you know of anything ? Supposedly Friedl has changed his attitude, says Schwarz. I hope he is right. This is the best for Friedl and Bishop. A return to celibacy would be good for all concerned.