Austrian Catholics a thorn in Vatican’s side

Long a thorn in the Vatican’s side, Austrian Catholics have ramped up their quest for a more liberal church in the wake of the global clerical sex abuse scandal.

What is particularly troubling for Rome is that Austria – historically a major symbol of Catholicism in Europe and a bulwark against the Protestant Reformation – is losing worshippers in record numbers as calls for reform grow stronger.

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