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Pedestrians Beware!

Pedestrians Beware!

Everyone interested in Vienna should stroll along Fleischmarkt and Griechengasse; rarely is so much history concentrated into just 400 metres. From the Babenbergs to Billy Wilder this short walk takes a long view into the city’s colourful past.   Kornhäusel and coffee Fleischmarkt is an ancient street first documented in 1220. The name recalls the […]

Argentina’s cardinal elected Pope Francis

Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger, shocked the Catholic world when he announced his resignation on 28 February. The last Pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415 to end the Great Western Schism (1414–1418) during which there were rival claims to the papal throne. Benedict’s successor, Pope Francis, now ushers in a new era. […]

Priests’ revolt: Pope speaks

Priests’ revolt: Pope speaks

Pope Benedict XVI publicly condemned the “call to disobedience” (Aufruf zum Ungehorsam) issued by Austrian priests last summer, and re-affirmed the ban on women in the priesthood. Speaking to 3,000 Vatican priests in a sermon on Holy Thursday (5 April) before the Easter weekend, Benedict insisted that Jesus had called for “true obedience”, and that […]

Church collections

Church collections

 As the Austrian government is looking for ways to cut spending, hidden subsidies to the Catholic Church have come under scrutiny.    How the State Finances the Church, 5 Feb.  by Saskia Jungnikl The Catholic Church is exempt from laws governing private foundations and investment funds because property used for religious services is not taxed. Exemptions: […]

Helmut Schüller’s Call to Disobedience

Helmut Schüller’s Call to Disobedience

The small, single-nave church slowly empties, as parishioners pile out into the wintry, bright Sunday morning. Like most weeks, the 12th century Romanesque church of Probstdorf, a farming village a 45 minute drive east from Vienna, had been almost full. “I’ve come from the neighbouring village,” says a woman in her mid-40s. “I don’t like […]

Clerical Disobedience

Austrian Catholic priest Helmut Schüller, formerly General Vicar of Vienna and President of Caritas, has called for massive reforms within the Roman Catholic Church, going so far as to appeal to the Pope. Schüller’s formal “Call for Disobedience” (Aufruf zum Ungehorsam) is supported by 1,624 clergy and laiety as of Aug. 22, including 429 fellow […]

Austrian Cardinal Denies Role in Abuse Scandal

Allegations of child abuse amongst Austria’s Roman Catholic clergy are again in the spotlight with revelations that Cardinal Christoph Schönborn knew of the abuse and did nothing to stop it, as claimed by a former member of one of the diocesan ombudsman offices set up for victims of violence and sexual abuse in the church. […]

The Vatican Sides with the Serbian Church

When Kosovo declared its independence in January 2008, Serbia and five of the 27 EU members along with some 89 other sovereign states refused to recognize it, sending the case to the International Court of Justice. Public hearings held last December in Hague are still inconclusive. And now, the cause has been further complicated by […]

Book Review: Donna Woolfolk Cross’ Pope Joan

Mother of The Church The improbable tale of a 9th-century woman who became head of the Catholic Church has been a legend long told and long believed. Still there is little to go on and no irrefutable evidence to back up the existence of Johanna of Ingelheim, also known as Pope Johannes Anglicus. Whether true […]

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