|His Grace Archbishop Franz Lackner|
I will keep this short, gentle reader, as there is surprisingly little to say.
In an attempt to emphasize how important laypeople are to the Church, Archbishop Franz Lackner of Salzburg, in a forum discussion broadcast in Austrian television this Monday, crossed a theological line which cannot, by any Catholic under any circumstances, be crossed. He said, in all earnestness and in the presence of three brother bishops: "We have forgotten that Jesus was a layman."
It is a de fide dogma, which must be held with divine and Catholic faith, that Jesus Christ is High Priest. This most central dogma was revealed explicitly in Sacred Scripture and infallibly defined as such by the Magisterium of the Church. The statement that "Jesus was a layman" is an abomination, a heresy of the worst kind, striking at the very heart of the Faith. For, to deny the Priesthood of Christ leads inexorably to the denial that His offering on the Cross was a true and proper sacrifice.
To be perfectly frank, I don't care that the Archbishop was trying to stress the importance of laypeople. That such a contemptible idea could even form in his mind, let alone be uttered aloud, reveals that he is fundamentally malformed, yes, perverted, in his faith. And don't think for a moment that it was some slip of the tongue, later regretted by the Archbishop. No, the statement was made intentionally, and has even been featured on the official webpage of the Archdiocese of Salzburg.