The Archdiocese of Salzburg is currently dealing with two controversial personnel issues. In Kaprun (Pinzgau) a pastoral assistant has surprisingly quit his service and a prominent pastor is to be transferred in the city of Salzburg.
In the state capital it is about Pastor Heinrich Wagner from the Elisabeth board. He is the founder of the Bible World Museum, which is known for having a huge ear on the church facade. There are disciplinary problems with him, we hear from the archdiocese.
They are still determined to get him on an unofficial transfer or time off. But Pastor Wagner may have refused both so far, he was not available to comment. Even the archdiocese will not say anything about this at the moment, only when the official transfer has to be pronounced.
Kaprun soon without a pastoral assistant
There is also excitement about the office of pastoral assistant in Kaprun. Because there is no pastor in the Pinzgau parish, this office is all the more important. But after just one year, the Kaprun pastoral assistant quits the job. The reason for this is probably that he does not feel accepted by the parish and the faithful. At special celebrations, for example, it is not he who is requested, but his predecessor, who is now serving in St. Veit (Pongau). There is no comment from the archdiocese on this either.
But it is already clear that the search for successors is not an easy one. Most recently, the pastor in Bergheim (Flachgau) was transferred to the military diocese two years ago. The Archdiocese of Salzburg, which also includes parts of Tyrol, employs more than 500 people. Many priests usually have to look after several parishes at the same time due to a lack of staff.