Letters to the Editor: May 2012
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To the Editor,
Your article “Helmut Schüller’s Call to Disobedience” [TVR December/January 2012] was pertinent and I am sure that His Holiness is only too aware of historical precedents. I do not suppose he is about to grant the Austrian Church the concessions granted to the Eastern Catholics – Churches in communion with Rome whose priests marry. But for Austrians it must be curious that whilst some Catholic Churches in the historic empire admit married priests others do not – Ukrainian Greek Catholics (in fuil communion with Rome) are an example.
It is curious that the Austrian liberals do not join the Greek Catholics. A similar, if inverse, movement happened in the UK with clergy opposed to women priests in the Anglican Church switching sides to Rome.
Here, the Austrian Church would not even have to leave Rome, for the Greek Catholics are in communion with the Vatican. This solution also makes historical sense as the Greek Catholic Church is, of course, not especially Greek, but is particularly strong in the former Austrian crown lands such as the Western Ukraine.
Meanwhile, if the Concordat established between the Austrian Fascists and the Vatican [in 1933, requiring mental health tests of Austrians who wanted to leave the Church] is challenged in the European Courts, the Vatican will have a new dilemma to resolve. The Dollfuss-Vatican Concodat remains in place in Austria. If and when it is overturned, there will be a new wave of questions for the Church establishment which may indeed strengthen the hands of the liberal wing.
Steve Patriarca, Vienna
To the Editor,
I’m writing to inform you that the premiere of director Angelika Schütz’ Die Eisernen oder Graue Panther im Park, (The Iron Ones or Grey Panthers in the Park) has now taken place and will be playing at the Theater-Center-Forum through 16 May. Angelika Schütz has just recieved the Gold Cross of Honour from the Austrian Government.
It is the story of two men and a woman who meet each other in the park on a regular basis and have little in common besides the fact that they are all reaching 80, and wonder what life will be like after that. It is a touching play and your readers should know about it.
Wilhelm Bettelheim, Vienna
Corrections: In the Keys to the City column “Animal Instincts” on page 5 of the Apr. 2012 issue, the names of the two veterinarian doctors at the Veterinäramt der Stadt Wien were misspelled. The correct spelling is Dr. Ingrid Kudielka and Dr. Cornelia Schleidt.