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August 12, 1995 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this once-upon-a-time home to the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church is being buffeted by an unprecedented series of attacks and scandals that have left many Austrians questioning their faith. Half a million Austrians signed a petition last month demanding radical reform in the church, including allowing priests to marry and women to become priests. And in a surge of disillusion, more than 35,000 people have abandoned the church in recent months.
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August 12, 1995 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this once-upon-a-time home to the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church is being buffeted by an unprecedented series of attacks and scandals that have left many Austrians questioning their faith. Half a million Austrians signed a petition last month demanding radical reform in the church, including allowing priests to marry and women to become priests. And in a surge of disillusion, more than 35,000 people have abandoned the church in recent months.
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