Year of Faith could ‘end divisions’12 October 2012
Austrian bishops have attempted to stem the growing calls for reform by arguing that the Year of Faith is a "chance offered by the Lord" to end the deadlock between them and pro-reform priests and laity pressing for changes on, among other matters, mandatory priestly celibacy and women's ordination.
A 15-page pastoral letter published by the bishops last weekend said: "We do not want to conceal what we are repeatedly being told in private and in public, namely that there is widespread dissatisfaction with the church situation and particularly with the ‘church leadership', that is, with us bishops and with Rome."
Presenting the letter at a press conference in Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, president of the bishops' conference, admitted that Rome had been involved in writing it.
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