More than 300 RC priests in Austria have joined Aufruf zum Ungehorsam (Call to Disobedience)
The Call speaks of “the Roman refusal of a long-overdue Church reform and the inaction of bishops.” The priests agree
- to pray for Church reform at every liturgy, since “in the presence of God there is freedom of speech”
- not to deny the Holy Eucharist to “believers of good will,” including non-Catholic Christians and those who have remarried outside the Church
- to avoid offering Mass more than once on Sundays and holy days and to avoid making use of visiting priests–instead holding a “self-designed” Liturgy of the Word
- to describe such a Liturgy of the Word with the distribution of Holy Communion as a “priestless Eucharistic celebration”; “thus we fulfill the Sunday obligation in a time of priest shortage”
- to “ignore” canonical norms that restrict the preaching of the homily to clergy
- to oppose parish mergers, insisting instead that each parish have its own individual leader, “whether man or woman”
- to “use every opportunity to speak out openly in favour of the admission of the married and of women to the priesthood”
In Australia, the National Council of Priests defended the bishop of Toowoomba, Bishop William Morris, who had issued a pastoral letter saying that, facing a severe priest shortage, he would ordain women and married men “if Rome would allow it.” The Vatican forced him to resign.
In USA more than 150 RC priests have signed a letter supporting the priesthood and the right to conscience of Fr Roy Bourgeois. Fr Roy had participated in an ordination service of Roman Catholic Womenpriests. Fr Roy is a member of the Maryknoll order which has called on him to recant.
CathNews New Zealand draws attention to the new documentary, Pink smoke over the Vatican: