Monday, March 16, 2009

Statement of Bishop of Linz

Dean and Parish priest Josef Friedl has publicly and on his own initiative declared that he in the last few years did not keep his promises on priesthood to live in celibacy and he maintains his relationship. In our service as priests, we have both take on the sign of celibacy for the kingdom of heaven's sake.

This rule still applies today and is clearly underlined in its validity on the level of the universal church. Also discussions on this subject were part of the Bishops' Conference recent meeting and the chairman, Cardinal Schönborn has stated on the matter: "For a priest, as well as for all other people fidelity and promises of fidelity are carrying major values in society. Failure brings no blessing in the long term."

Specifically, we (the Vicar General as the personnel manager and I, the Bishop), have been in contact with Father Friedl in recent days and with today’s discussion.

Father Friedl has understood that as of today he retires from his post as dean. In this position, he was the direct representative of the bishop in his deanery.

The incompatibility with his now personally declared life form with the original promise requires now - as it turns out - a further clarification of what was meant by his “partnership for life”.

He himself has never outlined the circumstances further in any way to the general public. Further talks are necessary in the near future. In canon law, ongoing discussions for such situations are already foreseen.

I ask again for your understanding for these measures and also that this matter is not being dealt dealt with publicly. 

Cathcon: now for the Bishop to start dealing with all the other "relationships" he is well aware of.  But perhaps that will be the next Bishop's job and he knows it. 

Pope says no to pseudo-clerical laity

VIS-Press releases:

The centrality of Christ leads to a correct valuation of priestly ministry, without which there would be no Eucharist, no mission, not even the Church. It is necessary then, to ensure that 'new structures' or pastoral organisations are not planned for a time in which it will be possible to 'do without' ordained ministry, on the basis of an erroneous interpretation of the promotion of the laity, because this would lay the foundations for a further dilution in priestly ministry, and any supposed 'solutions' would, in fact, dramatically coincide with the real causes of the problems currently affecting the ministry'.

Secret meetings of unfaithful priests

Friedl ist nicht mehr Dechant

More on the Father Friedl case.

In the talks besides Bishop Schwarz and Father Friedl, Vicar General Severin Lederhilger participated as the person responsible for diocesan personnel.

Friedl was confident prior to the meeting. "In a year I can retire, I do not think that I can still be sacked." He favours a "temporary celibacy" to combat the priest shortage in an effective manner. A coexistence of celibate and married priests would make the church more human and credible he believes. Finally, the conscience is always the last resort.

The parish priest of Ungenach was most recently a red rag for conservative groups, after his commitment to the Zogaj family. He was also a participant in the deans conference which in a majority rejected Gerhard Maria Wagner for Bishop , and thus triggered a unique situation in the Diocese. Meanwhile, Wagner's consecration is off the agenda (Cathcon- for how much longer?).

Backing of like-minded

The Ungenach priest Josef Friedl received prior support. On Saturday night, the networking group "Future in the Church" published letter online. The letter was published on the website of “We are Church” (Cathcon- oh, no you are not!) in which priests speak of their partners as a "gift from heaven"

The letters of support indicate that the priests who belong to this group give Friedl the highest levels of respect: "(...) As those who are in the same situation, we network in self-help groups in Austria and other adjoining German-speaking dioceses. According to our insight, the reality is that there are about one third of the Catholic priests in the same situation. We ask the church leadership to seek a path which liberates this priestly form of life in the Church. We are all aware of the service of the priest as vocation and fulfilment in life. Our partners are our gift from heaven and valuable assistance in our lives and service. (...)"

The networking group "Church in the Future" operates in several dioceses in Austria and Bavaria. Secret meetings of the priests take place regularly.

Bishop of Linz lets priest with girlfriend off the hook. but for how long?

Pfarrer Friedl nicht mehr Dechant - Kirche & Politik -

Father Friedl no longer Dean
After commitment to lifelong companion – as a parish priest Friedl initially continues in office
Linz - The pastor of Ungenach (Vöcklabruck district), Josef Friedl, who recently publicly made known that he has a partner, is no longer Dean. This was agreed at a meeting with the Linz Diocesan Bishop Ludwig Schwarz on Monday afternoon. Friedl initially will continue in his office as parish priest. There were further discussions planned, announced the bishop.

The 65-year-old clergyman had made known and confirmed in a public panel discussion that he had a partner which had for a long-time been an open secret: He lived for many years with a woman, who was accepted in his parish. His girlfriend had helped him to care for Arigona Zogaj who after her flight took refuge temporarily in the parsonage (a famous case of asylum in Austria).
Cathcon: One suspects that Bishop Schwarz has no much longer in office, and his successor will have to pick up the pieces of this case, as quite a few others.
The Bishop needs to come clean- how many of these priests with partners did he know about and when? Did he take any action or did he just let the power drain into the hands of the Pastoral Council, who all will have the idea that this is a fruit of Vatican II. Cathcon agrees- but it is a very rotten one!

Diocese of Linz must apply Vatican II

after all that's what they are demanding of the SSPX

Here is what Vatican II says about celibacy, so hopefully the Bishop of Linz will be talking with Father Friedl today about the implications.

Celibacy is to be embraced and esteemed as a gift). Perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven, commended by Christ the Lord and through the course of time as well as in our own days freely accepted and observed in a praiseworthy manner by many of the faithful, is held by the Church to be of great value in a special manner for the priestly life. It is at the same time a sign and a stimulus for pastoral charity and a special source of spiritual fecundity in the world. Indeed, it is not demanded by the very nature of the priesthood, as is apparent from the practice of the early Church and from the traditions of the Eastern Churches. where, besides those who with all the bishops, by a gift of grace, choose to observe celibacy, there are also married priests of highest merit. This holy synod, while it commends ecclesiastical celibacy, in no way intends to alter that different discipline which legitimately flourishes in the Eastern Churches. It permanently exhorts all those who have received the priesthood and marriage to persevere in their holy vocation so that they may fully and generously continue to expend themselves for the sake of the flock commended to them. Indeed, celibacy has a many-faceted suitability for the priesthood. For the whole priestly mission is dedicated to the service of a new humanity which Christ, the victor over death, has aroused through his Spirit in the world and which has its origin "not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man but of God (Jn 1:13). Through virginity, then, or celibacy observed for the Kingdom of Heaven, priests are consecrated to Christ by a new and exceptional reason. They adhere to him more easily with an undivided heart, they dedicate themselves more freely in him and through him to the service of God and men, and they more expeditiously minister to his Kingdom and the work of heavenly regeneration, and thus they are apt to accept, in a broad sense, paternity in Christ. In this way they profess themselves before men as willing to be dedicated to the office committed to them-namely, to commit themselves faithfully to one man and to show themselves as a chaste virgin for Christ and thus to evoke the mysterious marriage established by Christ, and fully to be manifested in the future, in which the Church has Christ as her only Spouse. They give, moreover, a living sign of the world to come, by a faith and charity already made present, in which the children of the resurrection neither marry nor take wives.

For these reasons, based on the mystery of Christ and his mission, celibacy, which first was recommended to priests, later in the Latin Church was imposed upon all who were to be promoted to sacred orders. This legislation, pertaining to those who are destined for the priesthood, this holy synod again approves and confirms, fully trusting this gift of the Spirit so fitting for the priesthood of the New Testament, freely given by the Father, provided that those who participate in the priesthood of Christ through the sacrament of Orders-and also the whole Church-humbly and fervently pray for it. This sacred synod also exhorts all priests who, in following the example of Christ, freely receive sacred celibacy as a grace of God, that they magnanimously and wholeheartedly adhere to it, and that persevering faithfully in it, they may acknowledge this outstanding gift of the Father which is so openly praised and extolled by the Lord. Let them keep before their eyes the great mysteries signified by it and fulfilled in it. Insofar as perfect continence is thought by many men to be impossible in our times, to that extent priests should all the more humbly and steadfastly pray with the Church for that grace of fidelity, which is never denied those who seek it, and use all the supernatural and natural aids available. They should especially seek, lest they omit them, the ascetical norms which have been proved by the experience of the Church and which are scarcely less necessary in the contemporary world. This holy synod asks not only priests but all the faithful that they might receive this precious gift of priestly celibacy in their hearts and ask of God that he will always bestow this gift upon his Church.

Auschwitz Survivor visits SSPX school

Reactions – Huch! Ein ehemaliger Auschwitzhäftling in einer Pius-Schule

Because in the contemporary German Holocaust hysteria is about the defamation of those who think differently, and not about the dead, the victims and humankind,what the SSPX really think on this issue also plays no role.

At the end of the 2008 school year, the eighth class of the Sacred Heart School in Saarbrücken with their class teacher, Headmaster Harald Messmer visited an exhibition about Alex Deutsch in the school named after him in Neunkirchen Wellesweiler.

Neunkirchen in Saarland is a provincial town with almost 50,000 inhabitants - about twenty kilometers northeast of the state capital of Saarbrücken.

Deutsch born in Berlin in 1913 survived the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Saarbrücken is operated by the SSPX.

Already in June 2005 Deutsch- then 91 years old - was a guest of the Sacred Heart School. All students of classes from the 5th to 10th year listened to his speech in the dining room.

Deutsch grew up with eight siblings in Berlin. One part of his childhood was spent with his youngest brother in a Jewish orphanage.

Deutsch’s father was killed in the first World War serving as a soldier.
After school Deutsch trained as a baker. He was no longer allowed to exercise this profession after 1935. He was a forced labourer for a coal company.

During this time he married and became father of a son.

In 1943, the young family was arrested and transported in a three day journey in a freight wagon to Auschwitz.

Some of the prisoners already died on the journey. Deutsch’s wife and his son were immediately gassed upon arrival.

Deutsch learned of it only later, as he was on a subsequent transport to Auschwitz. As a man capable of work, he was separated for forced labour.

At Auschwitz-Birkenau, Deutsch was branded with the number "105 613". In the German extermination camps, Deutsch was also treated as a number.

Many of his family members were murdered in concentration camps. Some still had the time to flee to America.

He was in the extermination camp for two years and suffered much at the hands of the warders.
He survived because a foreman forbade supervisors to beat prisoners during work.

In January 1945, the still working but weakened prisoners evacuated before the Russians arrived and sent on a death march towards the West which not many survived.

For example, Deutsch went to Buchenwald and then to another concentration camp.

Because of the Allied bombing, the SS fled in early April 1945 from the concentration camps. A few days later, Deutsch was rescused by the Americans.

For fear of the murderous Red Army of the Soviets, Deutsch did not stay in Berlin.
So he came to Paris, where he happened to meet one of his brothers.

Deutsch opted to emigrate to his relatives to the United States. In 1946, he flew to the new continent. He married a second time and opened a grocery in the US State of Louisiana.

Due to violent attacks and life in the city of St. Louis, he gave his business up early in the 1970s.
After the death of his second wife, he returned in 1978 to Germany.

There he married his third wife Doris, the widow of his former comrade Karl Loeb.

He settled in Wiebelkirchen - a district of Neunkirchen. Even in extreme old age, he continues to talk about the persecution of Jews by the Nazis.