Visitation brings no reassurance to the diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt
KLAGENFURT. Report sees "no improper use of church funds", criticism of the outcome and approach of the Klagenfurt Cathedral.
Visitor Franz Lackner
The starting point was serious allegations in a test report against former bishop Alois Schwarz from Klagenfurt (bishop in St. Pölten since May 2018): Salzburg archbishop Franz Lackner was sent to the Gurk-Klagenfurt diocese two months ago with a team as an apostolic visitator. Lackner turned to the media yesterday after the end of the visitation. But in the Gurk cathedral chapter, people are not satisfied.
The 50-page report, which was sent to Rome on Monday, also commented on the economic management of the diocese from 2008 to 2018, including the vacancy period following the inauguration of Alois Schwarz as bishop of St. Pölten. "The report shows a balanced result for every ten years," testified Herbert Beiglböck, Caritas Director of Graz-Seckau, who was responsible for the economic audit: "We have not found any misuse of church contributions in any way."
However, the report complains about numerous shortcomings, such as compliance with ecclesiastical law. "We see great room for improvement for the economic leadership of the diocese," said Beiglböck. Lackner did not comment on possible consequences for black on Friday. "This question is in Rome, I am not answering," said the Archbishop. "We did a fact-based investigation, which was the reason for the confusion after the black time."
But the day before, the chapter in Gurk Cathedral published a very critical statement about the visitation. The time for the inspection of the report was considerably shortened, a promised "multi-day assessment phase" was not allowed, it was said. Furthermore: "In summary, the impression emerges that the visitation largely does not meet the criteria of transparency and fairness." "Regardless of the visitation report", the report of the working group "Diocese of December" for the cathedral chapter has "unsuitable correctness and validity". It was said that Black handed over the diocese with an annual loss of 1.9 million euros.
Lackner rejected the accusation that they had given too little time for an inspection.
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