Coming only a few days after Easter, the resignation of Father Gerhard Swierzek, the pastor of a parish in the Archdiocese of Vienna, has been hailed by homosexualist activists in the Catholic Church as a victory. Fr. Swierzek had refused to allow an active homosexual, Florian Stangl, who is living in a legal registered partnership with another man, to sit on the parish council in the town of Stützenhofen. The Austrian Independent reported Tuesday that Fr. Swierzek has asked his superiors for another assignment. He said he was “saddened” that the cardinal archbishop of Vienna met with Stangl and his partner but had refused to meet with him about the situation. The German language Catholic news service Kreuz.net quoted Fr. Swierzek saying “I have a priestly conscience and I respect divine and ecclesiastical law.” He explained that he could not remain active in a parish, whose members “wanted their right at any price”. He cited the teaching of the Church according to Pope John Paul II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church on homosexual behaviour. “Living in sin is not considered to be the norm in a Catholic Church community,” he said. “It is much more the task of a priest to bring a sinner to penance.” (Source)
No doubt the hand-wringers and the company men will be all upset and fretting over this.
Unity! Peace! Tranquility! Serenity now! Obedience!
Good for Fr. Swierzek. There is, after all, only so much a faithful Catholic can take from these modernist bishops and Cardinals.
The fundamentals of the Faith come before plastic obedience, because obedience doesn’t mean squat without the truth. And the Cardinal is on the wrong side of this issue…not in a small way, but in a big, blinking-light-kind-of-way.
I predict more of this in the coming months and years. And frankly, we need more of it. Disobeying immorality is not disobedience. Obeying immorality is disobedience to the Church and to the Truth.
I’m not sure what Rome’s going to do with ++Schönborn, but Fr. Swierzek has already given the answer for the Faithful. Rome can rubber stamp it when they get around to it.