Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Vienna archdiocese apologizes for published list of people who left the Catholic church

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 statement was issued Thursday after a priest in a village north of Vienna listed local church-leavers in the diocese newspaper.

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.