The bells ringing at night should be forbidden in every city and town. They may have been useful when nobody had watches, but now are a perfect example of stupid traditions disturbing the sleep of millions of people who may well be not even Christians.
An Austrian man worn out by the nighttime chiming of Linz’s landmark New Cathedral is suing the parish to silence the bells. His lawyers even sent letter to Pope Francis seeking the pontiff’s intervention in the legal battle.
The court hearing started on Friday. Wolfgang Lassy, a 57-year old architect, has been going through hell battling the night bell ringing of the New Cathedral – also known as Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception – for years and says he is happy “the trial has finally begun,” Austria’s Heute newspaper reports.
Lassy has been struggling to get his shut-eye because the bell rings 222 times during the night, four times every hour.