Skip to comments.Bishop who called Katrina God's punishment asks pope to rescind his promotion
Posted on 02/16/2009 2:59:25 AM PST by trumandogz
VIENNA (AP) -- A pastor who created a controversy by suggesting that God punished New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina because of the city's sins said he will ask the pope to rescind his promotion.
Pope Benedict XVI's recent appointment of the conservative Rev. Gerhard Maria Wagner, 54, to auxiliary bishop in Linz, Austria's third largest city, sparked an outcry among Catholics who warned it could prompt people to leave the church.
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That’s a shame. Just because he said the same thing as some American evangelicals, he’s been under a lot of heat. He could have been a very good bishop.
Anyone who would leave the Church because of anything a bishop said, already has.
No, our Pope simply understands that God did not punish the people of New Orleans and southern Mississippi with Katrina.
Uh, he may understand that, but is that why the priest ASKED to have his name removed from the list?
It doesn’t sound like Pope Benedict meant to remove his name.
The Germans - who hate the Pope anyway - are all over this guy and are using him to attack the Pope in the media. The bishop obviously does not want to be another club used to beat the Pope.
So why the uproar?
I understand that.
I know he removed his own name. It was not the pope who was opposed to him becoming a bishop, of course.
oh I dunno, did God ever punish a city because of its sin?
IIRC, at some point he mentioned or implied that homosexuality and sexual sins as being the root of it. The gays in Europe are absolutely foaming at the mouth about the Catholic Church and seek every opportunity to attack it viciously. Heck, the Pope gave a talk or homily on the Feast of the Holy Family which, naturally, talked about families, and the gays were out rioting because it was “homophobic.” How? It mentioned a couple as a man and a woman.
It doesn’t take much.
Good heavens. Just because he spoke truth ?
The same will likely be true when NK finally lobs one over on the left coast.
Or when the next tornado hits Oklahoma.
But perhaps those who cannot defend themselves or cannot handle the culture should not go down to New Orleans.
And when the next tornado hits in the Midwest, we will know it was due to the behavior of the people in that area.
I went to high school in the Lower 9th and never had any problems. Since Katrina, I have spent a lot of time helping out with clean-up and rebuilding. Never a problem and I always feel welcome.
However, I did get a car window smashed while helping down in St. Bernard, an area that has a drastically different racial make-up than the Lower 9th.
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