Valencia’s Cardinal is target for angry gays

Local 14PROSECUTORS are investigating a Spanish cardinal for possibly encouraging a criminal act with remarks he made recently about the gay community.

Valencia’s provincial prosecutor’s office studied a recent speech made by Cardinal Antonio Canizares, in which he said “powers such as the gay empire” promoted the rise of movements against the Christian family.

Cardinal Canizares, also the Archbishop of Valencia, hit out at feminists and gender ideology as well, and a regional LGBT group and 50 other groups filed complaint about the remarks.

The Cardinal was said to have issued a letter of apology later, saying he had been misinterpreted.

The prosecutors’ office has six months to decide whether the case merits legal attention – the offence is punishable by up to three years in prison.

There has been no comment so far from the office of the Cardinal, who sparked a similar controversy last year when he criticised the influx of migrants and refugees into Europe. He later apologised for the remarks.

The Cardinal, a key protégé of Benedict XVI, was removed from an important post in the Vatican’s liturgy office in 2014 and sent back to Spain by Pope Francis.

The liturgy office regulates how Masses and other sacraments are celebrated, and, under Benedict XVI’s papacy, took on a more conservative and traditional bent.


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