On April 5th, I reported on the maltreatment meted out to Father Gerhard Swierzek of the Archdiocese of Vienna (Austria). In a manner similar to the way Father Guarnizo was maltreated by the Archdiocese of Washington, Father Swierzek was run over by his bishop when he tried to prevent an openly gay man from sitting on his parish's council. I closed that post by asking for Rome's intervention, saying that "there would be more".
Not one month later, that prediction rang true. This latest incident is also from Austria. Father Stefan Muller refused Holy Communion to a woman, Karina Rudolf, who is living with a man outside the bonds of Holy Matrimony. As you read this account, you'll see this woman is acting in a way that's very, very similar to how Barbara Johnson reacted when she was refused Communion by Father Guarnizo. In fact, I'd say the similarities are just too close to be coincidental.
As that other blogger wrote, "wherever old liberal bishops abound, it's open season on faithful priests". Unless Rome acts, we'll see more such accounts.
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