He gave a lecture on the challenges for Christians at the educational center in Puchberg Castle in Wels. After numerous scandals, the church is in a deep crisis from which it cannot free itself with institutional reforms alone: ”A new spirituality is needed.”
Halík was invited by the “Pro Oriente” foundation and its Linz chairman, former governor Josef Pühringer. He described the 74-year-old, who had to work underground during communism, as a “motivator and stimulant”. In order to find the way out of the crisis, the church must offer spiritual advice and accompany people in their search for meaning. Halík described the shortage of priests as a “catastrophe”. Church offices should be opened up to women, because “without women it doesn’t work,” said the theologian.
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