A Catholic priest in Germany caused outrage — and apparently quite a bit of approbation, too — by donning hijab during his sermon on Pentecost Sunday. The priest resorted to this desperate measure because he disapproved of the anti-immigration policies of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany).
Below is an open letter (also translated by Nash) prompted by Fr. Sedlmeier’s stunt, from a victim of Catholic clerical abuse:
Victim of Abuse Writes Open Letter to the Priest in Aalen: “My Rapist Also Wore Such a Towel Around His Head!”
The gesture of submission by the priest in Aalen not only fired up the Islam debate more, but it also apparently awoke entirely different memories, as this open letter proves.
(The name of the writer of the letter is known to the editor)
Dear Herr Sedlmeier,
In the schwaebischen.de (online paper) one could see your pathetic hijab performance everywhere; it was widespread on the internet as well.
A long time ago I lived in a Catholic facility as an orphan for fifteen years, from the age of three years old.
But one can’t really talk of the Catholic facility in which I had to dwell, but rather of a Catholic camp where children were mistreated and abused.
It was simply gruesome, what one had to experience there, and what types of people one got to know there who called themselves “servants of God”.
My case of course was even written about in several newspapers, and members of the diocese and servants of God beseechingly apologized to me and wanted to clear everything internally.
If you wish, I can supply you with the respective articles and correspondences of the Catholic offenders, male and female.
To this day, nothing has been cleared. The archive supposedly was disbanded, so that my documents no longer be found.
The Catholic Church and its dubious characters have to this day left their victims standing in the rain. The church stole my childhood. I was a living dead person in your facilities.
And my youth was also stolen from the Catholic Church.
The fact that the pain and suffering that was inflicted not just on me, but others as well, which takes a lifelong toll on everything, can’t just be pushed aside, I’m just mentioning that.
Through the immoral actions of these servants of God, whether in the light or in the dark, I was traumatized for life, and I still am to this day.
A few years ago I was in a clinic for months, and during that time the trauma of my childhood and my youth has come to the surface. I have that black on white.
I had suppressed the memories of the abuse for decades until they simply broke out.
Life is too short to just dismiss the things that were done to me and others by the Catholic Church. The suppression of these memories for decades has cost me a lot of strength already.
I predominantly only got to know male pigs and violent women who claimed to be servants of God. As a child, if one can even say the word child, because I never could nor was I allowed to be a child, one internally scanned and memorized the various facial expressions of these servants of God so that one always knew what mood they were in.
That way, one could every once in a while actually get away before something happened, but unfortunately, only every once in a while.
I am writing you because you have that very same facial expression as many other toey and horny priests that I had the displeasure of knowing from my childhood.
They sometimes crept up on me with towels over their heads, too, because they thought that way they couldn’t be recognized.
When I saw your photo, I had to puke, because immediately the crimes that I had to live through in my so-called childhood caught up with me in a heartbeat.
This was simply a horrible moment.
I therefore suggest that in the future you let go of such follies. Serve your God, but leave your fingers off all things political, since you obviously do not understand certain things, especially when you then so pathetically dress yourself up like a pedophile buck (billy goat), which is what I was forced to experience in my childhood.
The Catholic Church should finally start caring for the thousands of victims who have suffered and are suffering all their lives because of the horrendous crimes that have been done to them through the Catholic Church.
I will also fax this letter to Bishop Fürst personally (07472-169-561) so that we victims may not be stirred up even more through these pathetic disguises (dress-ups) of these so-called servants of God.
|0:00||Strong reactions came pouring in after|
|0:03||the hijab campaign of the Aalen priest Father Wolfgang Sedlmeier.|
|0:06||During his Pentecost sermon he put on a hijab|
|0:09||in order to set an example against discrimination against women in hijab.|
|0:12||In his sermon he elaborated about|
|0:15||AfD politician Alice Weidel’s speech:|
|0:18||“Whoever discriminates against people because of their religious choice|
|0:21||to wear a hijab infringes against the dignity of humans and therefore|
|0:24||against the evangelical spirit of Pentecost,”|
|0:27||Father Sedlmeier said to applause during his sermon.|
|0:30||The AfD politician Weidel|
|0:33||said during the economic debate in the Bundestag:|
|0:36||“Burkas, hijab girls, subsequent knifemen|
|0:39||and other good-for nothing folks|
|0:42||will not secure our prosperity and wealth, the growth|
|0:45||of our economy, and most of all the social welfare state!”|
|0:48||Before the final blessing in his sermon, the priest|
|0:51||repeated his previous statement, and then he|
|0:54||put the hijab on his head, reportedly to the applause|
|0:57||of approximately 200 attendees of the sermon. And after the sermon|
|1:00||people also reportedly congratulated the priest for his bravery and courage.|
|1:03||Alice Weidel, the chairman of the AfD in the Bundestag,|
|1:06||commented on Facebook that the campaign|
|1:09||by the Catholic priest was ‘completely gaga’ .|
|1:12||Beatrix von Storch, Alice Weidel’s deputy,|
|1:15||said on Twitter: “Churches with priests like that can gladly close down;|
|1:18||the Erdogans of the world are laughing their a**es off.”|
|1:21||The bishop’s office critiqued the campaign, calling it|
|1:24||“borderline and not a very smart choice.” [Gebhard Fürst, Bishop, Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart]|
|1:27||However, regarding content, they back up|
|1:30||the rebuke made by the Bundestag President,|
|1:33||says Bishop Gebhard Fürst.