According to the diocesan website, Bishop Manfred Scheuer of Linz (Austria) has written a letter to Pope Francis informing him of people’s expectations for the future of ordained ministry. With regards to the Eucharist as the font, center, and summit of the life of the church, three changes are called for:
- Viri probati (married men with a certain life experience) should be admitted to priesthood;
- priests should be permitted to remain in office even when they want to marry;
- women should be ordained to diaconate.
Bishop Scheuer speaks of a “distinct rumble” among the people, and notes that that the time is short for substantial changes. He spoke about the letter at a diocesan meeting under the title “Kirche weit denken” (“broadly thinking (about) the church”).
The letter itself has not been published. It seems that Bishop Scheuer does not explicitly make the people’s positions his own. But in recent years he has repeatedly shown that he tends to be in favor of all these ideas.