Austrian anti-gay priest back in pulpit

2013-04-11 18:26

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Vienna - An Austrian Catholic priest banned from the pulpit for calling Islam "the worst thing ever" and gays "perverts" is free to preach again, local media reported on Thursday.

Karl Tropper from Sankt Veit am Vogau in southern Austria wrote last year in the parish magazine that homosexuality was a curable "illness" and that gays were "responsible for more than six million Aids deaths".

In an interview with the Kleine Zeitung daily in March, the 75-year-old said that homosexuality was a "perversion" and that "in 50 years Vienna will be a Muslim city. The Votivkirche [a large Vienna church] will be a mosque".

This earned Tropper, due to retire on 31 August, a ban on preaching over the Easter period that has now expired, although he is still barred from making contributions to the parish magazine, public broadcaster ORF said.

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