The Associated Press
Vatican City--An Austrian pastor who has been quoted as calling Hurricane Katrina God's punishment for sin in New Orleans is being promoted to the rank of Bishop.(what the fuck?.....come on Pope Benny, you reward that kind of thinking with a Bishop's Robe?)
the Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI has tapped the Rev. Gerhard Wagner, 54, to be auxiliary bishop in Linz, Austria. It made no mention of the Katrina remarks.(NO SHIT!)
This is the second time in two weeks that the pope has honored a controversial church leader. He recently welcomed back into the Catholic Church a bishop whose renegade theology had led to his excommunication by Pope John Paul II.
That bishop, the British-born Richard Williamson, said shortly before his rehabilitation that he did not believe the Nazis killed Jews in gas chambers during World War II. the pope disavowed those remarks, which Williamson has since called "imprudent." (ya think? dumb assholes.)
Wagner has served since 1988 as pastor of a church in the Austrian town of Windischgarsten and received a doctorate in theology from the prestigious Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome, the Vatican said.(did he learn that kind of thinking there?)
In 2005, Wagner was quoted in a parish newsletter as saying that he was convinced that the death and destruction of Hurricane Katrina that year was "divine retribution" for New Orleans' tolerance of homosexuals and laid-back sexual attitudes.(Judas priest, I'm so sick and tired of that kind of thinking...and why he still gets a promotion out of the deal is just another reason why I have no regrets for leaving the Catholic Church.)
Kath.Net, a Catholic news agency in Austria, said the newsletter quoted Wagner as saying that Katrina destroyed not only nightclubs and brothels in New Orleans, bu also abortion clinics.(along with hospitals, churches, schools, and homes)
"The conditions of immorality in this city are indescribable," Wagner was quoted as saying....Well Bishop Gerhard Wagner, you can kiss my pagan ass and there will be redemption for you too, you buttroy.
PS....I had Arizona and 7 points.