Pope Benedict on January 18 named Bishop André-Mutien Léonard of Namur, a member of the International Theological Commission, as Archbishop of Malines-Brussels. Succeeding the influential Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Archbishop Léonard is known for his forthright defense of Catholic moral teaching and his support for Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict’s motu proprio on the extraordinary form of the Mass.
Deputy Prime Minister Laurette Onkelinx condemned the choice. “Church and State are separate in Belgium, but when there are problems in our society, all the social partners sit down around a table, including representatives of secularism and of religion,” she said. “Cardinal Danneels was a man of openness, of tolerance and was able to fit in there. Archbishop Léonard has already regularly challenged decisions made by our parliament.”
“Concerning AIDS, he’s against the use of condoms even while people are dying from it every day,” she continued. “He is against abortion and euthanasia … The Pope’s choice could undermine the compromise that allows us to live together with respect for everyone.”
The nation of 7.8 million is 73% Catholic. It has 3,928 parishes, 6,489 priests, 11,771 sisters, and 201 seminarians. The ratio of seminarians to Catholics makes Belgium one of the world’s most “vocation-poor” nations. (Source)
Weren’t these the same fools who condemned the Holy Father’s teaching on rubbers and the spread of AIDS? The papal remarks that were later defended by a Harvard prof.?
Yes, I think they were.
Bahahaahha. Thank God for Benny. He’s cleaning house.