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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Feast of Immaculate Conception disrupted by demonstration in Vienna

The Archdiocese of Vienna has made a complaint to the public prosecutor about disruption of worship on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception by a performance against celibacy

After the disruption of the Mass for the Immaculate Conception at Stephen's Cathedral, Cathedral Parish Priest Toni Faber has given a statement of the facts to the authorities. Whether the prosecuting authorities will  bring a charge of disturbing a religious practice is still unclear, said the Archdiocese of Vienna on its website. 

On December 8, the performance artist Alexander Donhofer had disturbed along with about 20 others, the Festival Mass presided over by ChristophCardinal  Schönborn   by a silent performance during the sermon. As "un gelato per il celebato" (an ice cream for celibacy), the perfornance questioned whether celibacy "is still up to date", the main actor announced in the "Courier" on Wednesday. The Archdiocese of Vienna demanded, on the other hand, that believers can "celebrate services with the necessary dignity" services. Spokesman Michael Prüller: "It is not our intention that someone is punished - but we hope to have a clear statement that an injustice was done and that public order in Austria does not accept the disturbance of religious services." People of all religions have the right to undisturbed to celebrate their worship. "This is held to be right in the law," said Prüller. "Everything else creates strife."


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