Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
PALERMO

Sicily governor makes up with priest after 'woman pope' spat

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Palermo, March 20 - Centre-left Sicily Governor
Rosario Crocetta on Wednesday said he had patched up a spat with
the priest and personal confessor who disavowed him last week
for saying the Church needed a woman pope, married priests and
gay marriages.
Crocetta, who is openly gay, said he had met Father Luigi
Petralia, a parish priest in the governor's native Gela, "and we
embraced".
"This affair belongs to the debate over ideas and the case
is closed," said Crocetta, who compared himself to Galileo, the
17th-century Italian astronomer forced by the Church to deny his
discovery that the Earth moved around the Sun, only to privately
uphold it.
The recently elected governor told private national TV
channel L7 a week ago that in order to draw close to the public
the Church needed "a woman pope, married priests and even to
celebrate gay marriage".
Father Petralia described the comments as being those "of a
showman rather than of a politician or a Christian politician"
and said that they effectively placed Crocetta "outside the
Catholic Church".
"They are very serious issues that have already been
resolved within the Catholic Church, which does not expect
answers from Crocetta, seeing as he is neither a biblical
scholar nor a theologian, and that he does not hold any other
title indicating competence in these matters," he wrote.
Petralia added that the governor could be forgiven in
confession and return to the Church only if he showed sincere
repentance for the comments.

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