Austrian Bishops Blast Vienna Mayor for Abortion Anniversary Party at City Hall

By Hilary WhiteVIENNA, August 31, 2009 ( - Two of Austria’s most senior Catholic prelates have taken the mayor of Vienna to task for his support of a “celebration” of one of the city’s commercial abortion facilities. In a letter of protest to Mayor Michael Haupl, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna, said that abortion, as the taking of a human life, “is not a trivial issue.”

The furor comes in connection to the celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the “Turning Pro-woman ambulatory” clinic, to be held at the Vienna city hall.

As Kathpress reported, the Archbishop of Vienna said that the planned party demonstrates that “obviously there is no consensus regarding the protection of human life from conception.”

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