Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Over 300 Austrian Priests Join "Call to Disobedience"


Looks like I got out of Austria just in time -- lightning might be striking there soon...

From the article:

The Call to Disobedience document cites "the Roman refusal of a long-overdue Church reform and the inaction of bishops." Priests who support the document pledge:

* to pray for Church reform at every liturgy, since "in the presence of God there is freedom of speech"

COMMENT: If your speech offends God, He will not remain present.

* not to deny the Holy Eucharist to "believers of good will," including non-Catholic Christians and those who have remarried outside the Church

COMMENT: How can someone be a believer of good will when he denies the Catholic Faith and laws?

* to avoid offering Mass more than once on Sundays and holy days and to avoid making use of visiting priests--instead holding a "self-designed" Liturgy of the Word

COMMENT: Absent a priest, there is no Mass. There is no substitute. When there is a shortage of priests, those that remain must offer Mass more than once a day.

* to describe such a Liturgy of the Word with the distribution of Holy Communion as a "priestless Eucharistic celebration"; "thus we fulfill the Sunday obligation in a time of priest shortage"

COMMENT: We do not fulfill the Sunday obligation with a cheap substitute. If one cannot legitimately make it to a real Mass -- e.g. great distance, illness -- then he is excused from the obligation.

* to "ignore" canonical norms that restrict the preaching of the homily to clergy

COMMENT: Let's "ignore" homilies preached by anyone except clergy.

* to oppose parish mergers, insisting instead that each parish have its own individual leader, "whether man or woman"

COMMENT: Parish mergers are caused by a shortage of priests. The proper remedy for this is to nurture priestly vocations, not promote shabby substitutes.

* to "use every opportunity to speak out openly in favor of the admission of the married and of women to the priesthood"

COMMENT: You and the rest of the Protestants. Choose now who you will serve; as for me and my household, we serve the Lord.

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