Openly gay man appointed to an Austrian town’s parish council

According to the Huffington Post, Austria’s cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, who is close to Pope Benedict XVI, has overruled the local parish priest’s decision and is allowing an openly gay man serve on parish council.

Florian Stangl, 26, lives in a civil union with his partner and was overwhelmingly elected to serve on the council that oversees daily affairs for the parish of Stützenhofen, which is north of Vienna, according to World Crunch. But it was overruled by the priest and was initially backed by the archdiocese.

However, Schoeborn changed his mind this weekend after hosting Stangl and his partner for lunch. After the lunch, Schoeborn said that there were “members of the parish council whose lifestyles don’t completely conform with the ideals of the Church.” He also said he appreciated the couple’s “commitment to living a life of faith.” Adding that he was impressed by Stangl’s faith and humility and dedication to the Church, according to World Crunch.





About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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3 Responses to Openly gay man appointed to an Austrian town’s parish council

  1. Bob W Cain says:

    So what is wrong with that? … If the guy knows best … who cares who he cuddles!

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