Liechtenstein: Catholics ask for reforms in the diocese of Vaduz

Source: FSSPX News

Bishop Wolfgang Haas.

Following the example of the “Ça suffit!” (Enough!) movement in Chur, in German-speaking Switzerland (see DICI no.305 dated Nov. 21, 2014), an association of laymen from Liechtenstein is putting pressure on the archbishop of Vaduz in order to make the diocese “evolve”. For the 17th anniversary of the diocese’s foundation, the association “Pour une Eglise ouverte” (For an open Church) published on December 4, 2014, in the columns of the local journals, an open letter to the ordinary of the district, Bishop Wolfgang Haas, former bishop of…., in Chur. In this letter, the “faithful” consider that it is “urgent for the Church in Liechtenstein to take up a clear stance at Pope Francis’ side and support his judicious reform projects.” Concretely, it reproaches the archdiocese for not consulting the laymen during the preparations for the Synod on the family last October. The association would have appreciated it if “the ground-level” had been able to express itself on the themes of marriage and sexuality. “Even today, the archdiocese still remains silent,” lament the authors of the message. “And yet the will of the Synod is for the themes to be discussed in the local communities.”

The association also considers that the archdiocese “has too many incardinated priests” (about sixty). And many of them are “not sufficiently qualified”. “We request a reassessment of the archdiocese’s staff and that pastoral involvement be made more available to assistants, catechists and permanent deacons,” declared the association. In other words: fewer priests and more laymen.

(source: apic: DICI no.307 dated Dec. 19, 2014)