SALZBURG, December 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Austrian Bishop Andreas Laun joined his voice to those condemning the pro-LGBTQ concert that Cardinal Christoph Schönborn allowed and attended Nov. 30 in Vienna’s preeminent cathedral.
“I just think that silence can also be sin. That is why my answer to this event in the House of God is only a big NO. NO and NO again!” wrote the retired auxiliary bishop of Salzburg in the Austrian Catholic German-language news outlet kath.net.
In his trenchant rebuke, Laun quoted Archbishop Carlo Viganó’s denunciation of the November 30 AIDS charity concert as a “homoerotic and blasphemous provocation.
Viganó decried the event in a message of support to Alexander Tschugguel, who organized a Rosary of reparation outside the 14th-century cathedral during the concert.
Tschugguel, the 26-year-old Austrian famous for taking several statues of the Pachamama pagan idol from a church in Rome during October’s Amazon Synod and throwing them in the Tiber, reported that the Rosary was attended by 120 people.
This is the third year in a row Cardinal Schönborn has allowed and attended the “Believe Together” concert, which is hosted by an organization called LIFE+ and marks World AIDS Day.
Last year’s event featured a shirtless actor known for playing homosexual roles standing on the altar rail, loud rock and electronic music, and actors dressed as demons.
This year, Thomas Neuwirth — the drag queen “Conchita Wurst” who represented Austria in the 2014 Eurovision contest — performed in the sanctuary with male and female adolescents used for back-up.
Organizer and homosexual activist a Gery Keszler thanked Schönborn for his presence and permission to use the cathedral, saying: “We are very grateful for the trust that the cardinal has placed in us.”
“The media have reported what happened in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, of course, with the permission of the authority,” wrote Laun.
“I thought of Jeremiah’s lament in the face of the sins of the people: ‘And with this ye come and stand before my face in this house over which my name is proclaimed, and say, “We are safe” and then continue to pursue all those abominations. Has this house, over which my name is proclaimed, become a den of robbers in your eyes?’ [Jeremiah 7:9-11]” wrote the bishop.
“Perhaps we should say: a place for pleasure that God does not like?” he added.