That's never happened to Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer before: he had been refused entrance to a Bavarian folk festival. The security service of the "Landshuter Hochzeit" considered his soutane to be a "fantasy costume" and did not allow him entry, as the Landshut weekly newspaper Wochenblatt reported.
Initially, the bishop and the accompanying pastor, Alfred Wölfl, were thought to be particpants in the feast of a historical event. But it turned out that the Lord in black is not a participant at all! "Strange costumes" are not permitted on the fair grounds according to "Wochenblatt." The attendant wanted to enforce this rule at the entrance. "We then explained to him that this is the uniform of a bishop," said the priest of the Parish Church of St. Pius. "Anyone can say that," the attendant is supposed to have answered. But not a problem for the clergymen: "We finally showed them our service records, so the topic was then over."
"Never experienced before"
The attendant, was visibly embarrassed at his mistake, then apologized, Pastor Wölfl said: "We laughed to ourselves then." According to the "Wochenblatt", the diocesan press criticized the incident, which had already taken place on the previous Sunday: "I have never experienced anything like this before."
The organizers should have also been warned about Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who a week later celebrated a Mass on the occasion of the Volksfest. In fact, according to these presspictures, he appeared in the simple black suit with collar shirt, without soutane.
The Landshut wedding is a multi-week folk festival that takes place every four years. It is reminiscent of the wedding of the Bavarian duke Georg of the Rich with Hedwig Jagiellonica, the daughter of the Polish King Kasimir IV Andreas, and has been celebrated since 1903, when the legendary wedding for the first time was played by 145 contributors. Today, around 2300 performers take part in historical costumes.(Fxn)