The Ecumenical News International website reports today (November 29, 2010) that the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Austria has denied being "anti-Polish" after members of Polish congregations in Vienna protested against his decision to offer one of the city's Catholic churches to Serbian Orthodox Christians.
"In recent weeks, many stormy events have taken place around a church in the Neulerchenfeld district," said Cardinal Christopher Schonborn, the chairperson of the Austrian Catholic Bishops Conference.
"Untruths and simplifications have been spread, filling me with great sadness," the cardinal said.
He added, "It has gone so far that I have been accused of deliberately acting against Polish Catholics, and this information has even circulated in southern Poland. I must assure you the truth is quite different."