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Priest caught accepting brothel's Facebook friendship request

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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  • John S. wrote on 12. 04. 2011 from USA/Austria about "Priest caught accepting b..."

    I have been a long time reader and visitor to Austria, since I have family in Vienna and was married there. This is the first time I have written a comment to an article, but I have noticed a disturbing pattern by the editors of this publication. There is a clear, anti-Catholic bias in your stories, which is interesting, considering that Austria is one of the most Catholic countries in Europe. Your stories attacking the Church, hierarchy, and members is bigoted and offensive. Almost every article about the Church that I have read in the last year or two has been a negative piece. Now, you have resorted to the bottom of the barrel, with writing stories about who Fr. Faber is accepting friend requests on Facebook with. Frankly, it sounds like a setup and certainly doesn't warrant a story by anyone with any journalistic integrity. This is clearly yet another smear piece, against the Catholic Church, by Austrian Times.

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