In their message, the Austrian bishops said: “We know from countless encounters with the dying that the last phase of life, in particular, can be a blessing. In many cases, important encounters and moments of reconciliation are still possible.”
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Cardinal Schönborn said that the elderly and ill would face increasing pressure to opt for assisted suicide.
Cardinal Schönborn noted that he had spent the night in his chapel in the Episcopal Palace, next to Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral, thinking of the victims, police, and security forces.
Treating over 7,000 children since 1995, the Sunshine Outpatient Clinic was established to support children with the developmental disorder which affects communication and behavior.
While Archbishop Lackner has been reported to have commissioned or even published the book, a spokesperson said June 18 that the archbishop put in motion a study project on same-sex liturgical blessings, but he did not oversee the publication of that particular text.
Cardinal Schönborn, a Dominican friar descended from the Austrian nobility, tendered his resignation as archbishop of Vienna before his 75th birthday on January 22.
A Christmas Eve visit to Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria