Austrian Withdraws After Opposition

March 2009
America;3/2/2009, Vol. 200 Issue 7, p8
The article reports that Bishop-designate Gerhard Wagner has asked Pope Benedict XVI to withdraw his nomination as auxiliary bishop of Linz, Austria. It states that Wagner's nomination confronts criticism which stemmed mainly from his comments on Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It notes that the Austria's diocesan bishops have issued a statement conveying they supported Wagner's request to withdraw, but emphasizing their belief that it is best for the church that the pope appoints bishops.


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