Sunday, February 22, 2009

Father Wagner signs official request to withdraw from nomination as Auxiliary Bishop in Linz

KATH.NET - Katholischer Nachrichtendienst

On Friday afternoon, Gerhard Maria Wagner signed a document in which he asks the Pope, to withdraw from his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop

This is made "not entirely voluntarily"

On Friday afternoon, the Windischgarsten parish priest, Gerhard Maria Wagner made his application for withdrawal from his nomination as Bishop of Linz in writing. That was confirmed on Sunday in a telephone conversation with

Wagner said that this step was made "not entirely voluntarily". Not only the media had put him under massive pressure, but also church circles. The views of the deaneries had apparently put Bishop Schwarz under great pressure, as well as the reports of increased numbers of people leaving the church, regretted Wagner.

How matters proceed is now open. According to the information available to, it is not even clear in the Vatican how to proceed with the request for withdrawal of nomination. From well-informed church circles, it is to found that there are still several options, including an episcopal consecration of Gerhard Maria Wagner.
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