Skip to comments.Austrian Bishop Says He's Not Resigning
Posted on 09/17/2004 12:53:59 PM PDT by Land of the Irish
Vienna, Sep. 16 (CWNews.com) - Austria's controversial bishop at the center of a scandal involving his seminary on Thursday denied reports that he would soon resign. A spokesman for Bishop Kurt Krenn of St. Poelten said media reports of Vatican pressure on Krenn to resign on health grounds were wrong.
The Austrian Catholic news agency originally reported Krenn's impending resignation last week and Vatican sources confirmed to Catholic World News on Monday that while Krenn's resignation was not yet office, an announcement was expected soon. At the time, Michael Dinhobel, a spokesman for the bishop, told Austrian reporters that he was not aware of any plans for Krenn's departure, but that "if the Pope tells Bishop Krenn that he should resign, he will."
But now Dinhobel says the resignation reports are wrong. He said on Thursday, "Bishop Krenn has certainly not offered his resignation." Krenn also told an Austrian magazine that he was being mistreated. "I am suffering great injustice," Krenn told the weekly Die ganze Woche . "Our beloved Savior was also not well treated." The greatest level of public outrage concerning the scandal occurred when Bishop Krenn dismissed photos of seminarians and priests in compromising positions as "boyish pranks."
The scandal in Krenn's diocese erupted last month when local police arrested a Polish seminarian at the St. Poelten seminary on charges of storing and disseminating child pornography on a computer at the school. Other photos found in the course of the investigation showing seminarians and priests kissing and groping were later obtained by a magazine and published.
A special investigator was appointed by Rome in July to examine the situation in St. Poelten and offer his recommendations. One of his first orders of business was shutting down the seminary during the investigation.
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Oh Holy Lord!
This dude wants to skate ... doesn't make him look good.
Morally obtuse prelates should be compelled to resign. But Rome exercises no such authority over bishops--unless they happen to be traditional--in which case the full force of Roman authority is somehow newly-discovered and implemented. Archbishop Lefebvre was not only routinely accused of transgressions without evidence, but for decades he was hounded and persecuted by a hostile Vatican bureaucracy.
This double standard is compounded many times over among the lower clergy. It took Rome a mere couple of weeks, for instance, to fire the duly-elected superior general of FSSP and some of his equally traditional and orthodox seminary professors--for a minor dustup regarding concelebration with Novus Ordo clergy. At the same time child-abusers among the clergy are offered every degree of compassion and canonical protection.
The truth is it takes more than a mere sex scandal to unseat a Novus Ordo bishop. Just ask Cardinal Law who gave a glowing letter of recommendation to a priest who openly advocated sex between men and boys and even knowingly assigned that same priest to posts that allowed him access to children. And yet this was just one of the Cardinal's many such failures in his role as spiritual shepherd. Despite this record, not only was Law's resignation refused by Rome when it was first offered at the height of the scandals, but when it was finally belatedly accepted, the Cardinal was soon after consigned to a prestigious Roman sinecure at St. Mary Major. So much for Vatican justice.
Bishop Kurt Krenn of St. Poelten reign? He's due a major apartment at the Vatican next door to Law.
I hope he plays the arch-conservative role in the next conclave (which I hope isn't for another 20 years.)
With any luck he'll block the ascension of Rembert Weakland to the Pontificate.
Here is an article on a homosexual pedophile that the Chicago area educational community embraces. The local media interviewd his neighbors and they all said that he was a wonderful person. Barf!
This pedophile, along with his "partner" have adopted two young boys, but was now caught attempting to meet a young boy for a sexual encounter. Isn't academia and the lefties just wonderful!
This pedophile and the teachers union is definitely a Kerry supporter.
Child sex sting nabs teachers union president
September 19, 2004
BY CHERYL V. JACKSON Staff Reporter
An Evanston teachers union president and gay-rights activist was arrested Friday morning for allegedly trying to meet for sex with someone he thought was a 15-year-old boy, but was really an undercover police officer, Lake County Sheriff's police said.
Robert Carroll, 54, was charged with two counts of indecent solicitation of a child after police picked him up at about 8:50 a.m. in a wooded area near Waukegan.
Police began investigating Carroll in June when a detective, posing as a 15-year-old boy, met him in an Internet chat room. Over the next three months, police said, Carroll and the officer in character chatted about different topics, including sex. Carroll recently made arrangements with the "boy'' for the purposes of engaging in sex acts, police said.
Carroll is in his second year as president of the District Educators' Council for Evanston-Skokie School District 65. Prior to his election, he taught at Kingsley Elementary School, according to district Supt. Hardy Murphy.
Murphy, who alerted school board members to the arrest Friday night, said he would meet with staffers by Monday morning to determine if any administrative steps need to be taken regarding the charges.
"We've got to get all of the facts," he said. "We'll gather as quickly as we can to review the facts and take the appropriate personnel action."
Police also seized a laptop computer that was in Carroll's vehicle as well as computer equipment found during a search of his Evanston home.
Carroll is the adoptive father of two young boys, including one recently adopted, Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton said.
He and his partner in 1999 sued the Chicago Campground Association for $1 million, saying trustees of a Methodist campground in Des Plaines refused to let them rent a cottage there because they were gay.
Carroll's sexual orientation was never an issue in the school district, Morton said.
"I haven't heard of any problems or anything negative," she said.
Bond was set Friday at $30,000. He was scheduled to appear in court Oct. 6.