‘Long Good Friday’ that shattered trust

26 March 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

In the light of the O’Brien ruling, Catholics in Austria are asking why the prolonged scandal of a former Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna had such a different outcome Events of Holy Week 20 years ago shook the Austrian Church to its foundations and the repercussions are still being felt today. They concern accusations of child sexual abuse levelled at the late Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër, and the drawn-out scandal that followed. Given the decisive action taken by Pope Francis last week against the Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien (see page 4), people in Austria are asking why nothing of the sort ever happened to their man.Groër himself always remained silent. He died in 2003, and the Vatican never published its findings or cleared the matter up. His was the first of a

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