Liechtenstein Archbishop Wolfgang Haas will not celebrate the traditional mass scheduled for January 26. For the opening of the Parliament session. He explained the decision by saying that MPs wanted to bring in legislation on same-sex marriages.
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According to him, such a liturgy is pointless, because the members of Parliament, although “all of them belong to the Catholic Church”, on this issue of great importance to Catholic ethics, the majority “are in favor of introducing this sham marriage, It is contrary to natural feelings and rational natural laws, and especially to the Christian understanding of man, as it corresponds to the divine order of creation.”
In 1997 a decision by John Paul II established the Archdiocese of Vaduz, directly subordinate to the Holy See, without consulting or informing the authorities of the chancellor in advance. Previously, Liechtenstein belonged to the Swiss Diocese of Chur.
The papal decision ended a conflict in the Chur diocese that began in 1988 when its coadjutor bishop, then 40-year-old Fr. Wolfgang Haas. In 1990, he took over the reins of the diocese, but from the beginning he faced fierce opposition and opposition from the clergy and faithful. He was mainly accused of “pre-conciliar” conservatism in both the vision of the Church and the administration of the diocese.
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In 2021, Archbishop Haas refused to participate in the synodal consultations of the Catholic Church, which were launched in all dioceses of the world at the request of Pope Francis. In his opinion, discussions and debates called by the Pope were not necessary in Liechtenstein, because the close ties in the parishes allowed quick and easy communication between the clergy and the laity.
– Intellectual and spiritual exchange is always possible – Hierarch argued. He explained that everyone who wants to talk to each other, listen to each other and maintain personal contact can help with suggestions, wishes and ideas related to the daily life of the church. He acknowledged that the bishop’s job was to listen, but not to have “big debates and long debates.”
Local Catholics had a different opinion. – It is a lie that there is a church dialogue in our small country. People experience the reluctance of the clergy here to discuss, and even the archbishop and the vicar general refuse dialogue, even though it is necessary – theologian Gunther Bass pointed out. He recalled that the faithful were not consulted before the synod of bishops on the family and the Amazon. Now the next step has been taken: Archbishop Haas “publicly rejects the synodal process and thus openly opposes Pope Francis.”
Archbishop Haas turns 75 in August this year, and canon law requires him to submit his letter of resignation to the Pope.
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