Fr Zuhlsdorf received a letter from a spokesman for Cardinal Schönborn, here there are over 250 comments. Fr Z believes the Cardinal was doing this unwillingly.
Dear Father Zuhlsdorf,
regarding Your blog on the celebration of His Eminence in Wolfsthal I would like to beg you to publish my communiqué of yesterday for the orientation of your public.
Spokesperson for H.E. Card. Schönborn
Some people have taken serious offense in the Holy Mass for young people which was celebrated by the Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schönborn on the 16th of November in Wolfsthal, a village close to the Austrian-Slovakian border.
In contrast to the presumption, due to the in many ways amateurish und unrealistic the spokesman makes no attempt to say what is unrealistic recorded broadcasting by Gloria TV, the camera has got it wrong. it must be clearly stated that in this celebration in no way any kind of liturgical specifications have been violated. The directory on Children's Liturgy allows a great deal of flexibility, it is the duty of Bishops to ensure that clergy are formed in sound liturgical practice in order to be abe to implement it wisely. Ceramic vessels of course are strictly forbidden, in the context of a children's liturgy anything that appears to be ceramic should be forbidden.
The Eucharistic bread was unleavened and its shape strictly followed the shape which has been used in the Middle East since the 1st century. The “flat cake” is similar to that form used in Mossul in these days – this is the metropolis located at river Tigris where Christians still testify the truth of Jesus with their own blood. I find it deeply offensive that those who are being martyred for the faith daily should be cited to defend a prelate who has caused such outrage! This is an adolescent arguement.
Werner Pirkner, the spiritual councilor for the Holy Mass in Wolfsthal, and Stephan Bazalka, coordinator of the Catholic Youth, paid highest attention to the fact that when breaking the bread no tiny little piece of bread ever touched the floor. BREAD! this is the Body of Christ! As the children have been given such large pieces that they are nibbling it, I see no way in which this claim can be made! Nothing destroys faith more than children being forced to treat the sacred as profane.
Those who have dared, dared! tempted by a fragmentary news coverage, on the diocesan website care is taken not show the distribution and reception of Holy Communion to bring forward accusations against the archbishop of Vienna, no priest or prelate is above question or beyond the Law of the Church may contemplate, repent and ask God for his forgiveness. The Austrian Church's spokesman has obviously taken a leaf out of Dr Goebbels book Let us pray all together for the Holy Church! and let us pray for reverence to the Blessed Sacrament.