Wednesday, 17. September 2014
05. 04. 11. - 16:00
A Catholic priest is in hot water after accepting a brothel’s request to become friends on Facebook.
Anton Faber, the well-known head of the St. Stephen’s parish in Vienna, confirmed his profile on the social networking platform was linked with the Facebook page of a self-proclaimed five-star brothel in the city.
Faber said today (Tues) he unlisted the Laufhaus Rachel establishment after being made aware of his blunder. He told newspaper Österreich: "I had no idea. Rachel is a beautiful biblical name. I assumed Laufhaus was a sport venue. That’s how it all happened."
Faber promised to be more careful when it comes to accepting friendship requests on Facebook, but also made clear that the incident will not make him stop using the website on which more than two million Austrians are registered.
It is not the first time that Faber made headlines.
Asked whether reports that he lost his licence for drink-driving were true, the priest said in an interview in November 2009: "I sinned."
Faber explained he had to do without his driving licence for half a year after he was caught steering a car under the influence when returning home from an event.
Faber has sparked mixed reactions for regularly attending posh society gatherings in Vienna.
Meanwhile, more people than ever since the end of World War Two (WWII) in 1945 left the Catholic Church. Statistics show that 87,393 quit their membership of the Roman Catholic Church in Austria last year – 63 per cent more than in 2009, the previous record year. The 2010 figures mean that around 65 per cent of the overall 8.5 million people living in Austria are Catholics, down from 89 per cent in 1961.
The Austrian Catholic Church is currently going through what some observers brand as its biggest post-war crisis. Hundreds of former Catholic boarding school pupils have contacted commissions established to handle alleged cases of sexual, physical and verbal abuse in the past months.
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