Annual Report – Austria – 2013 

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Annual Report from Austria about 2013

Date: 2014-03-04

Written by Matthias JAKUBEC

Activities Of the Movement "We are Church" (WaC)


        • April 20, 2013: annual conference in Innsbruck, Tyrol, with a speech by

        Sr. Florence DEACON , chair women of the American Leadership Conference of Women       Religious who got the Herbert HAAG award 2013 for freedom in the church.

        • May 09–12, 2013: Austrian single member Matthias JAKUBEC participates as an         observer for        WaC in the annual conference of the European Network “Church on the        Move” at Alcalá de        Henares, Spain.

        • May 14–15, 2013: WaC delegates from Germany, Switzerland and Austria meet in

            Innsbruck to discuss the goals and principles of future cooperation.

        • October 2013: WaC Austria supports the international petition for the rehabilitation of    archbishop Róbert BEZÁK of Trnava.

        • November 01–03, 2013: participation in the IMWAC-Council in Dublin, Ireland.

        • Project Vaticanum III: the project in consequence of the 50 th anniversary of the 2 nd     Vatican council is in progress. Church reform groups from several countries         participate. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

        • 3 issues of our news letter “Wir sind Kirche” (We are Church).

        • Several press releases.

        Events in the Austrian Church

        • Spring 2013: Margit HAUFT becomes chair women of the Laieninitiative

        (lay initiative).

        • Easter 2013: We have a new Pope. But this also holds for others ☺.

        • Spring 2013: Benno ELBS becomes the new bishop of Feldkirch, Vorarlberg. He is gladly         appreciated by the people in his diocese.

        • Summer 2013. Helmut SCHÜLLER , chair person of the Pfarrerinitiative (initiative of      pastors) Qperforms a tour with speeches in 15 American cities.

        • November 29, 2013: Study day of the Austrian church reform movements about the         anointing of the sick in Salzburg.

        Q• November / December 2013: Following the Vatican’s instruction the Austrian dioceses     invite         the faithful to answer the questionnaire in preparation of the bishops synod about      marriage and family.

        • Autumn 2013: Franz LACKNER becomes the new arch bishop of Salzburg. He is         welcome by the people in his diocese, but he was the only acceptable candidate from a       secret list of three provided by the Vatican from where the chapter of Salzburg could         choose one. The other two are known as rather narrow minded, polarising conservatives.      The modus of a choice for the chapter of the cathedral is a privilege for Salzburg, but by   naming only one acceptable candidate the Vatican undermines this tiny blossom of           democracy.

        Looking Forward to 2014: Activities and Events

        • Autumn 2014: Participation of WaC Austria in the shadow synod in Rome organised by     IMWAC.

        • Project Vaticanum III: The project will be continued.