The Vienna archdiocese has apologized for the publication of a list of people who have formally left the Roman Catholic church.
A statement says those affected have been asked “for forgiveness,” noting making the names public “is not allowed by state or church rules.”
The archdiocese says the priest has since “apologized in the form of a Mass and has written those affected a letter” of apology.
The rash of sex abuse scandals hitting the Catholic church has led to an increased number of people formally renouncing their affiliation.
That also frees them from paying a mandatory church tax.