Gela (Caltanissetta)

Sicilian priest disavows regional governor over pope

Centre-left politician called for woman pontiff, married priests

Sicilian priest disavows regional governor over pope

Gela (Caltanissetta), March 15 - A Sicilian priest, the personal confessor of centre-left regional Governor Rosario Crocetta, disavowed the politician on Friday for what he considered to be ''inappropriate'' ethical and religious statements. The recently elected governor, who is openly gay, told private national TV channel L7 on Wednesday that in order to draw close to the public the Church needed ''a woman pope, married priests and even to celebrate gay marriage''. Luigi Petralia, a parish priest in Crocetta's native Gela, in an open letter 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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