Skip to comments.Anti-gay archbishop among 23 new cardinals
Posted on 10/18/2007 7:34:32 AM PDT by NYer
The Pope announced the names of 23 new cardinals yesterday, including the controversial leader of the Italian Church who recently compared homosexuality to paedophilia and incest.
Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa will be made a cardinal on Nov 24, at the next consistory. Mgr Bagnasco has been under armed guard since he made a speech in April which claimed that permitting gay marriages was merely the beginning of a slippery slope. "Why then say 'no' to incest? Why say 'no' to the paedophile party in Holland?" he asked.
Eighteen of the new cardinals, including Mgr Bagnasco, will be under 80 and therefore eligible to vote in the next Papal election. After the consistory there will be a total of 202 members of the college, including 121 cardinal-electors. Dr Sean Brady, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, will become the country's third cardinal.
The Archbishop of Mumbai, Oswald Gracias, was made a cardinal. Mgr Gracias, 62, has had a rapid rise through the Catholic hierarchy and has worked for long enough in Rome to be an outside bet for the next pope.
"The new cardinals," said the Pope yesterday, "come from every part of the world. They are a reflection of the universality of the Church and the multiplicity of its ministers." Despite the Pope's comments, some critics pointed out that almost half of the voting members of the college would be European.
"The latest list will bring the number of Europeans in the college up to half," said Robert Mickens, a Vatican expert from the Tablet newspaper.
Although Latin America is home to around 42 per cent of the world's Catholics, it only has one fifth of the number of voting cardinals. In addition, several of the cardinals named yesterday from outside Europe have served in the Curia for many years, becoming part of the establishment.
Mr Mickens said: "That may help keep the next pope European."
Typical British press reaction.
A bishop who is against celebrating sin? Imagine that. < /s >
Have we “Moved On” past that whole “adultery is wrong” thing too?
The new Cardinals are practicing Catholics. WOW, what a novel idea!
including the controversial leader of the Italian Church who recently compared homosexuality to paedophilia and incest.
Sounds like a great new cardinal. Thanks for posting!
Do you realize what the implication is?
To me, it implies that “Malcolm Moore” (the apparent author of this piece of MSM drivel) is a poofter.
Trust me, murph...it ain’t just you.
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