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Friday, July 17, 2009

Celibacy becomes private matter for priests in Linz

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Father Josef Friedl has confirmed that in five conversations with Bishop Ludwig Schwarz he has dispelled all ambiguities about his attitude to celibacy.
OÖN: Father, has everything been discussed bv you and Bishop Ludwig?

Friedl: Basically it is settled. The Bishop said at a press conference that I can remain a parish priest.There were five conversations with him, but I have to keep to our understanding to say nothing more. I trigger nothing more.

OÖN: This means you have left the relationship with your partner?

Friedl: I will certainly not go into it. I say nothing. I've clarified everything out from my side. My private life is private.

OÖN: Bishop spokesman Ferdinand Kaineder was this week relieved of his duties. What do you say to that?
Friedl: bad, very bad. He is a great man and had many good ideas. It is very unfortunate that one looses such people.

OÖN: Did you fear that conservative groups in the Catholic Church could also boot you out?
Friedl: the right wing circles, yes ... Direct fear not, but they have set directed their fire at me.
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