“Gratitude is a basic attitude that people owe each other, and so I would like to thank Sebastian Kurz for his service as a politician.” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said this in an interview with Kathpress on Thursday. At the same time, he was “impressed by the thoroughly self-critical speech” by the former Chancellor, in which he had surprisingly announced his complete retirement from all political offices.
At the same time, the cardinal recalled “challenges that have not been known for decades”, which the government, with Kurz at the top, had to face in view of the pandemic: “That the government was working with the churches and religions to find solutions with a view to the welfare during the entire corona crisis Thanks to Sebastian Kurz, the general public made an effort. “
The Archbishop of Vienna emphasized that Kurz had shown “statesmanlike format” in his speech, which was not a cheap billing, but an attempt at a sincere balance sheet. The outgoing ÖVP top politician himself spoke of wrong decisions that would almost inevitably result from the need to make numerous decisions every day. In doing so, he had drawn a “realistic picture of politics”, “which should not deter anyone from serving the common good as a politician.”
Over the years, Sebastian Kurz has repeatedly sought a conversation with the church and Schönborn personally. “Especially if you don’t always agree, you have to keep talking,” said the cardinal and concluded with a glance at Kurz: “You can and should say thank you.”