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Editor calls for removal of Cardinal Sodano as dean of College of Cardinals

May 12, 2010

"Cardinal Sodano has to go," writes Joseph Bottum, the editor of First Things. He explains:

The dean of the College of Cardinals, he has been found too often on the edges of scandal. Never quite charged, never quite blamed, he has had his name in too long a series of depositions and court records and news accounts—an ongoing embarrassment to the Church he serves.

Cardinal Sodano is 82 years old. Two of the three previous deans of the College of Cardinals-- Cardinals Angelo Rossi and Bernardin Gantin-- retired from that post after turning 80. (The third, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, ceased to be dean when he was elected Roman Pontiff.)


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  • Posted by: Steve214 - May. 12, 2010 8:26 PM ET USA

    Excellent article which is primarily about LC/RC. My experience with them was that authority was to be supported at any cost--even at the cost of truth. We were never to concede the tiniest error--even prudential--by MM, but also by the Pope, our Bishop, or any document of the Church. These were attacks on the Church! Any anybody who make them was not a true Catholic. Even if they spoke the truth. But God is truth--and loyalty without truth is not loyal to God.