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300 Austrian Priests set out conditions

300 parish priests in Austria are openly
refusing to comply with the Church's lack of reform. They call for 'disobedience' in seven key areas. See: http://www.pfarrer-initiative.at/

The seven points are translated from the German Text.


1. In every Church service they will say a public prayer for Church reform.

2. They will not refuse communion to well-meaning Christians. These may
include divorced and remarried, members of other Churches, at times people
who have left the Church.

3. They will avoid saying multiple masses in many centres. They will prefer
services conducted by people themselves to artificial supply services.

4. From now on they will call a service of the word with distribution of
holy communion a 'eucharistic celebration without a priest'. This will
fulfil the Sunday duty.

5. We will ignore the preaching prohibition imposed on competent lay people.

6. We will see to it that each parish has a lay chairperson: a man or woman,
married or not. This to counter the joining up of parishes and of projecting
a new priestly image.

7. We will use every opportunity to publicly promote the
admission of women and married men and women to the priestly ministry. We
see in both men and women welcome colleagues in our pastoral ministry.

For a new vision, see: Authority in the Catholic Church



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