According to Rorate Caeli, Fr. Gerhard Wagner was nominated by Pope Benedict XVI to become auxiliary bishop of Linz, Austria.
The nominee has been criticized by his confreres in Austria as well as other bishops for his beliefs. Chief among them is Fr. Wagner’s questioning of whether increasing natural disasters (e.g. Hurricane Katrina) are being caused by man-made pollutants or spiritual pollution. Fr. Wagner has also said that the “Harry Potter” books are full of “satanist” content.
Due to these criticisms, however, Fr. Wagner has been bullied to withdraw his nomination. The Holy Father has apparently accepted this news.
We must continue to pray for the Holy Father in these most trying times.
Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us