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Die Furche - Austria | 22/02/2013

Church must distance itself from absolutism

After the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, many media have disappointmently concluded that the Catholic Church is becoming more secularised. This is misleading, the Christian weekly paper Die Furche writes, because in the Church, as in secular life, absolute monarchy no longer has a place: "Yet one still waits in vain for Church structures to reflect this development. ... To accentuate the spiritual leadership of the world's biggest community of faith, the 'secular' function should be stressed. But that doesn't work in the non-transparent, intrigue-provoking form in which the Vatican 'court' presents itself to this day. Modernity has long held expedient models at the ready - starting with the division of powers. ... It is hugely important for the future relevance of the office of the pope that progress be made on this front. Consequently the upcoming conclave will be faced with a landmark decision. ... Vatican insider dealings will resist any such trend with all their might. Fundamentally, however, Benedict XVI's stepping down already points in precisely this direction."

Die Furche - Austria | 30/06/2011

Islam should become more Austrian

In Austria, the former boxer and religious instructor Fuat Sanaç has taken office as new president of the Islamic faith community. The Christian weekly Die Furche calls for a public debate on the pressing issue of co-existence between communities: "From the place of women in society to the question of breaking with cultural traditions and the substance of religion, there is an enormous need for clarity. One can fully doubt that this will be easier with the newly elected leadership of the Islamic faith community. But Austria and its Muslims should not circumvent these - also difficult - conflicts. The demand voiced by Fuat Sanaç for the establishing of an Islam faculty could also be taken productively. The more Muslim theologians who are no longer educated in Cairo, Ankara or Jiddah, the more 'Austrian' Islam can become here at home."

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