The priest who appeared to delight in the devastation meted out by Hurricane Katrina, seeming to think it vindicated his ideas of divine punishment for either being gay or approving of gay relationships, will now not accept the assistant bishop’s job Pope Ratzinger handed to him a while back.
According to a story in Pink News, Father Gerhard Maria Wagner, who was to have become assistant bishop of the Austrian city of Linz in Austria, has told the radio station Oe1, “Ever since I was nominated, I sensed opposition that often was carried out in a merciless and unkind way.”
Oh, merciless and unkind, is it? Is this the Father Wagner who wrote, mercilessly and unkindly, in a parish newsletter that the death and destruction caused by Katrina was divine retribution for New Orleans’s tolerance of homosexuals and permissive sexual attitudes?
Even though he’s declined the post, of course, it doesn’t let Ratzinger off the hook for giving it to him in the first place. He obviously has no problem with a guy who holds such views.
But, then, as we can see from that first linked-to post above, Ratzo revoked the excommunication of a Holocaust denier.