In Austria 4 lay & clerical reform groups are planning their annual conference with the theme "Do this in memory of me."
Read about their plans for Eucharists without celibate male priests:
People of God Conference 2019
Do this in memory of me
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Kardinal König Haus, 1130 Vienna, Kardinal-König-Platz 3
The ecclesiastical rules must not deny Eucharistic celebrations for the congregations.
The commandment of Jesus: "Do this in memory of me" must not fail because of church law.
It is the communities that celebrated the Eucharist in New Testament times, when there were no "ordained priests" yet. Parishes need to insist on their mature autonomy and resist mergers into larger parish groupings.
Where no taditionally trained priests are available, the communities must themselves select someone from their midst, man or woman, to preside at the Eucharistic celebration. It would be irresponsible to just go without.
The power of the bishops must be returned to one of service, so that the communities regain their traditional independence.
The 2019 People of God Conference is supported by the four reform movements:
"We are church", "Pastor Initiative", "Priests without Office"
and the responsible group for this years conference is "Lay Initiative".
All are invited who support the urgently needed reforms in the Roman Catholic Church.
9:00 Arrival and welcome of the participants
10:00 Main lecture Wunibald Müller
11:30 Short Lecture Christiane Sauer
12:00 Short Lecture Andrea Taschl-Erber
12:30 Lunch break
14:00 Impuls Herbert Bartl
14:10 Report Renate Bachinger
14:40 Coffee break
15:00 Discussions with the speakers
16:15 Summary in plenary
16:45 Preparation of the Eucharistic celebration
17:00 Redesigned Eucharistic celebration
Including the cost of lunch and coffee break
Conference contribution for participants:
40 € up until 30th September 2019
45 € at the door
Reduced conference fee for students:
20 € up until 30th September 2019
25 € at the door
Please note that the reduced conference fee is only available up to
September 30, 2019.
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The end of the monarchy in the church
From the empowerment of the laity through baptism
Today's shortage of priests is the result of a failed ecclesiastical development into a two - class society, to the exaltation of priestly ordination and its attachment to celibacy.
The communities need to regain their self-confidence and not continue allowing the hierarchy free reign. Müller demands responsible positions for women in the church and a decided restriction on the power of the bishops.
Dr. Wunibald Müller, a theologian and psychologist, became familiar with therapy facilities in the U.S. for priests with mental health and psychosexual problems. Müller realised this in Recollectio-Haus, which he together with Father Anselm Grün OSB lead for many decades. Müller knows the causes of sexual abuse and pedophilia and the problems of celibacy. He is married and has two children.
Not just (individual) perpetrators are guilty
How human image and church structures facilitate abuse
Those who are involved with the cases of abuse in the church know about the guilt the perpetrators. But behind them are relationships that the individuals are not alone responsible for. What has led to abuse going around in the church and was glossed over and covered up by many bishops? The experiences of the psychotherapist suggest what needs to change in the church.
Christiane Sauer M.A., Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Mediator
has responsibilities in the "Ombudsoffice against Violence and Sexual Abuse" of the Diocese of Linz and is a member of the newly founded Victim Protection Advisory Board.
When Women like Men were Apostles
Early female followers of Jesus
The New Testament knows no obligatory celibacy and does not distinguish between the sexes. The idea that only men can take on important tasks in the church in the first communities is a foreign idea to the followers of Jesus. Today we must ask if it would be correct to follow the example of the early church.
Priv-Doz. Dr. Andrea Taschl-Erber is a habilitated biblical scholar. She lectured often at bible science institutes in Vienna, Linz and Graz, in Dresden, Halle and Kassel. She received the Elisabeth Gössmann Prize for her work on "Mary of Magdala - First Apostle." Currently as Deputy Rector, she leads the field of "Religious Diversity" in theEcclesiastical College Vienna / Krems.
The bishops do not have responsibility
The churches are where Christian life becomes reality, and therefore the Eucharist must also be celebrated in them, even if ecclesiastical regulations want to prevent this.
Herbert Bartl, a married priest for many years, did not become a priest "for the pope or any bishops, but for the community," he stresses.
He leads the association "Priests without Office" and encourages the communities to reflect on their own competence.
From crisis to the recognition of vocation
A report from Practice
How it could be if the official church came its senses, is show by the example from Upper Austria. Renate Bachinger leads up to four Sunday services in the month, including high offices for the major Feastdays. Her duties include funerals, baptisms, weddings and blessings for couples. She can now finally live her vocation.
Dipl.-Päd. Renate Bachinger has been a religion teacher for 30 years in Primary School, and for 15 years leader of liturgies and funerals. Only now, with a new pastor, is she active as a fully fledged employee in the cluster of four parishes. She is married and mother of three children and two foster children.
The Eucharistic celebration
At the end of this People of God Conference, as the People of God, we celebrate the Eucharist together, say thank you, go out strengthened and blessed.
The Eucharistic celebration will be with the full participation of all participants. The basis is a liturgy document "Help towards a Contemporary Liturgy" developed by a team.
The purpose of this celebration is to strengthen and make clear our empowerment through baptism.
It should also show that the "nasty digging" between the clergy and the laity can / may / should be overcome ...