A well known Austrian Auxiliary bishop is not prepared to take the unjustifiable pummeling of the media bosses: Loveparade is not a "harmless celebration" -- If God "punishes", He does this with the intention to bring men around, God punishes out of love.
[kreuz.net, Salzburg] This Friday the Auxiliary Bishop Andreas Laun of Salzburg wrote a careful article about the Massacre-Loveparade in Duisburg.
The text appeared in the neo-Conservative Linz commercial website 'kath.net'.
The in the meantime suspended, so-called Loveparade was the biggest alcohol, drug and sex event of Western Europe.
Msgr Laun stated from the start, that no one is in the position, to directly order God's punishment for a sin.
There is not a single person who can condemn the dead and point to that as God's punishment.
Quite independently from the sympathy with the victims the Bishop wrote about the "repellent image" of the horrific event.
God is not and Indifferent God
The Auxiliary Bishop emphasized the truism that God punishes sins -- and really "with the intention to bring people to repentance, God punishes out of love!"
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The Auxiliary Bishop described Hell not as the punishment of God, rather as the self-alienation of the sinner from eternal Holiness.
The Media Bosses Damn
The original short text of the article will bring the Auxiliary Bishop to the gallows:
"Loveparade is not a 'harmless celebration' -- if God 'punished', he did this with the intention, to bring people to penance -- God punishes out of love!"
This was seized upon by the Austrian News Agency 'APA' and even mentioned in the evening news of 'Austrian Television'.
The German regional daily 'Hamburger Morgenpost' ridiculed the Auxiliary Bishop with the paltry title: "Bishop Ridicules Victims of Loveparade".
The Bishop Strikes Back
Yesterday evening Msgr Laun published a second article on the theme for 'kath.net'.
He criticized the "scandal monger journalism" for his description.
His text asks "for a fair and precise reader not to be misled."
Msgr Laun is "disappointed", that the public dialogue will not take place: "why, my ladies and gentlemen, could and would you not believe me, what I describe precisely?"
The Auxiliary Bishop renewed with exclamation points:
"I am also not convinced, that we men do not have the right, to pass over other men a just judgement, that belongs only to God!"
Msgr Laun underscored that he may not judge and has not done it. Really he will be condemned -- for the claims, that he is supposed to have expressed.
Thereby he does not believe his "dear critics", "that you really believe, that I think, what you have ascribed to me."
The Auxiliary Bishop then recalls, that every religion believes in a God, "who is also a judge of people."
In conclusion he emphasizes again, that he has not assumed this office which is God's alone.
Related article: Loveparade Ends in Tears
Original article, here.