Austrian Priest Forbidden to Mention Hell or Purgatory

Austrian Priest mentions hell and purgatory to students:
Diocese then forbids him from teaching

Thomas Ladner (in the photo) is a 36 year old Austrian priest, usually dressed in a cassock and collaborator in the parish of Stans, in Tyrol, a small town of 1500 souls, where he also teaches religion in the primary school. Before the end of the school year, he was informed of the withdrawal of his permit to teach by the diocese of Innsbruck. The priest’s fault, according to the diocesan school office, would be that he had spoken to his young students about The Four Last Things, among which he mentioned hell and purgatory; “lessons not suitable for children at their stage in life,” that he had dealt with themes on the family in “terms no longer up-to-date,” and of having used “rhetorical language,” or rather – too traditional.

The reaction this time came from the parishioners themselves, who appreciate Father Ladner’s humane manner and pastoral work, above all with the young. Parents launched a petition, while the mayor wrote a harsh letter to the curia complaining about the agitation in the town brought about by such an “unacceptable decision.”

The story was reported in the local newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung, but, despite the clamour, the diocese and the Bishop, Manfred Scheuer, until now, have not shown any signs of changing their mind.

[Source: Il Timone. Tip and translation: Contributor Francesca Romana. Also in German, with more details of the declarations of diocesan schools superintendent Josef Stock.]

Labels: The “Church of Austria”

Posted by New Catholic at 7/15/2014 02:44:00 PM

Get AQ Email Updates

One comment on “Austrian Priest Forbidden to Mention Hell or Purgatory

  1. The fact that they don’t want Hell and Purgatory taught does not alter in the least the existence of those places , it just increases their responsibility for the souls they mislead by their negligence .

Leave a Reply