600 participants are showing signs of solidarity with former diocesan administrator Guggenberger and the resentment regarding the handling of ecclesiastical authorities with the allegations against the former ordinary of Gurk, Bishop Schwarz
Klagenfurt (kath.net/KAP) A rally as a sign of solidarity with the former Carinthian diocesan administrator, Engelbert Guggenberger and the indignation regarding the handling of ecclesiastical authorities with allegations against the former Gurk Bishop, Alois Schwarz, took place on Wednesday evening in Klagenfurt Cathedral. According to a report on the website of the diocese, about 600 people took part in the invitation to "Mature Christians" forum. Due to bad weather, the event was relocated from the cathedral square to the church.
Four speeches formed the main focus of the event. Works Council Chairman Gabriel Stabentheiner, former President of tCatholic Action Austria, Gerda Schaffelhofer, and Dean Yuri Buch spoke for the forum "Verbal Christians". Ordinary Chancellor Jakob Ibounig gave a speech. In the statements, the speakers expressed their solidarity with Guggenberger, the provost of the diocese, who had been deposed as diocesan administrator. At the same time, "a renewed and vehement demand was made for the uninterrupted publication by Rome of the results of the diocesan test report and the Apostolic Visitation of Archbishop Franz Lackner," according to the online report. At the same time, the role of the entire cathedral chapter should be honored during the one-year vacancy.
For the "solidarity and support" Cathedral Rector Guggenberger expressed his gratitude in the presence of the entire Gurk cathedral chapter to those present. The rally is impressive evidence that "the Catholic Church in Carinthia has raised its profile through the rather painful experiences of the past year," Guggenberger is quoted. The rally shows "on the occasion of a crisis situation, how Church can arrive in the 21st century".
It is about democratic culture, about "standards that we have already been thankful for in society" and where the Church still needs to take action. If there is a lack of maturity, it is necessary to demand it, the Dean said. He is therefore "very grateful if you continue to work on the matter, we will do it," announced Guggenberger.
The "Forum" invited the participants to come to the publication of the results of the visitation every Wednesday at 18 clock in Klagenfurt Cathedral for prayer. A prayer for the country by pompous Peter Allmaier and a blessing prayer from Cathedral Rector Guggenberger formed the conclusion of the rally, which was musically accompanied by the trio Drava and the church choir St. Jakob / Rosental.
The rally took place without the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Gurk, Military Bishop Werner Freistetter, who was appointed by Pope Francis on Friday (June 28). He has replaced the just administrator Guggenberger who’d been elected just under a year as the head of the diocese and was to have led them until a new bishop was appointed.
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