Rebuffed Austrian pastor seeks new assignment

The parish priest of Stützenhofen, Austria, who disallowed the election of a gay man to the parish council, is seeking a new assignment after his archbishop, the cardinal of Vienna, overruled his decision, according to this report from the Austrian Independent.

The story in a nutshell: Last month, Florian Stangl, 26, won a landslide election to the parish council, but Fr. Gerhard Swierzek would not allow him to take office because Stangl is gay and is in a registered civil partnership with a man. Stangl appealed to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna; Stangl and his partner and Schönborn had lunch together, and the cardinal told Stanglt take up the post.

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Now, according to this story in the Austrian Independent, Swierzek is seeking a new assignment because he can no longer serve effectively in Stützenhofen and he opposes the "sinful lifestyle" of some members of the local Catholic community.

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