Edited By Hans Paarhammer and Alfred Rinnerthaler
Vom „Gottesgericht“ zur „Austrifizierung“: Die Evangelische Kirche A. u. H.B. in Österreich, ihr Selbstverständnis und ihr religionsrechtlicher Status nach 1945
The contribution deals with the Protestant Church in Austria in the period after World War II. The Austrian church had to split from German Protestant church, to which she belonged since 1939 as Particular Church. She had to detach from german-national attitudes and to prove to be church in Austria and for Austria. In this case she was observed by Austrian government with mistrust, because she was regarded as German Church. Bishop May introduced a process of Austrification. According to valid controlling rights of the state the juridical process became difficult. The church was dependent on goodwill of the Republic, therefore she looked for a new juridical basis. But this did not happen, because the process was junctimated with the so called Konkordat-problem, whether it was valid or not. Although the church protested against this junctimation, the ministry for cultural affairs practiced it – until 1954, when Heinrich Drimmel made his program „free church in a free country“ come true.
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