The years pass and the scandal is renewed: for the third year in a row, Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, has authorized the Life + association, pro-LGBT, to use Saint Stephen’s cathedral to hold a concert, on Saturday, November 30th.
Some will argue that we need to put things in perspective. The funds raised for the concert are intended for the fight against AIDS. The show is sponsored by the Knights of Malta of Austria and the money will go to a hospice affiliated to the Order of Malta, led by the Fraternity of Blessed Gerard. The Hospice, located in the South African region of KwaZulu-Natal, cares for about 700 patients, mostly women and children, who are infected with HIV.
But in all good conscience, the end does not justify the means. And the means in this case are abominable and execrable.
The Desecrated Holy Place
The cathedral had been transformed into a concert hall like a common auditorium. Those who performed on the “stage” - such as “Conchita Wurst,” a transvestite - were activists and sympathizers of the LGBT movement. And so a tribute was given to them in a Catholic cathedral. And songs, of which one can imagine the content, have resounded under these vaults consecrated by the Church for the worship of God. The holy place, the setting of the renewal of the Sacrifice of the Cross, had been transformed into a concert hall.
What is incomprehensible is that Cardinal Schönborn has not learned from the experience of past years. In 2018, for this same “charity concert,” an actor familiar with the roles of homosexuals exposed himself, half naked, on the altar – i.e. the “table” of the new Mass - in the midst of actors disguised as demons. How then could a priest worthy of the name celebrate Holy Mass in this place without requiring at least a ceremony of reparation?
By his attitude, the cardinal sends a clear message that can be translated as: “Go and continue to sin.” He said it by his words of welcome and encouragement: “God does not want anyone to feel excluded, he wants everyone to feel safe.” The cardinal also stressed that he did not just want to welcome the participants and visitors of the charitable event as “guests”: “We are all at home in this cathedral.”
This shows once again how much the new liturgy has desecrated the holy places, not only liturgical furniture, but also Catholic piety, common sense, and reactions of faith among clerics and faithful alike. They are no longer able to react properly to ignominious spectacles that trivialize and encourage sins against nature.
The denial of revealed truths is certainly a terrible sin, but acts often have a far greater impact on the crowd. Thus, the interfaith day of Assisi was, in 1986, a more formidable scandal than the texts of Vatican II that made it possible. Cardinal Schönborn, through these repeated collaborations with sacrilegious acts, commits a scandal of which his flock are the first victims, and for which he will have to answer before God.
Warned of what was going on, a group of faithful, including Alexander Tschugguel, who became famous for throwing the Pachamama idols into the Tiber, gathered to pray outside the cathedral. The concert was also denounced by Bishop Carlo Maria Viganò in a public message.