Clergy rebellion against Roman Catholic Church in Austria

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Time reports on “a clergy rebellion” in the Austrian Roman Catholic Church:

A Clergy Rebellion in Austria’s Catholic Church

From Time.com

There is open rebellion among the clergy of Austria’s Catholic Church. One highly placed man of the cloth has even warned about the risk of a coming schism as significant numbers of priests are refusing obedience to the Pope and bishops for the first time in memory.

The 300-plus supporters of the so-called Priests’ Initiative have had enough of what they call the church’s “delaying” tactics, and they are advocating pushing ahead with policies that openly defy current practices. These include letting nonordained people lead religious services and deliver sermons; making communion available to divorced people who have remarried; allowing women to become priests and to take on important positions in the hierarchy; and letting priests carry out pastoral functions even if, in defiance of church rules, they have a wife and family.

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GrandmèreMimi
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Whatever the RC clergy in Austria decide to do, they have my prayers and support. If the priests are excommunicated, then representatives of the Episcopal/Anglican Church in Europe should definitely reach out to them.

June Butler

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So how do we reach out to these folks to offer our support? Many of us (Episcopalians) are former RC's and it would seem appropriate that we let them know that they have options. Unfortunately I have found that our leaders seem to be very reluctant to offend the RC heirarchy regardless of how they insult and undermine us. What can we do? Maybe if the people lead our leaders will follow????

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AND...we could give the disaffected Roman Priests the option of staying celibate in order to avoid culture shock.

Seriously, however, they're going to have to get more than 300 supporters to even begin to convince Rome. It would be great if the American Roman Catholics chimed in as loudly as the Austrian ones.

Cullin R. Schooley

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Matthew Buterbaugh+
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Matthew Buterbaugh+

Peter, I was thinking that same thing. It would only be fitting to offer them a place in the Anglican Communion. Perhaps we could draft some sort of "Constitution" for disaffected members to have a smooth transition this way.

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Peter Pearson
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Peter Pearson

Gosh, it would be so much simpler to join the Episcopal Church. Yes, that's not an easy decision to come to, especially when you've been raised in the "One, True Church," but it is possible. I did it and I have never regretted that decision.

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