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Spanish cardinal faces 'hate crime' charge for denouncing gender theory

June 09, 2016

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Valencia, Spain, faces criminal charges for a speech in which he said that gender theory is "the most insidious and destructive ideology of humanity in all history." 

The Spanish Network of Help to Refugees filed a criminal complaint against the cardinal, saying that his statement was a hate crime. The group charged that Cardinal Cañizares "is an ultra-conservative trying to subvert the constitutional order." Under Spanish law, law-enforcement officials are required to conduct an investigation when such a charge is filed.

Cardinal Cañizares was the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship before his appointment in 2014 as Archbishop of Valencia.

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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Jun. 11, 2016 10:07 AM ET USA

    "The Spanish Network of Help to Refugees", aka the Planned Parenthood of Spain. No surprise there, then.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jun. 10, 2016 7:35 PM ET USA

    Quite simply, there should be no such thing as hate crime or hate speech. These vague phrases let the door wide open for whatever whomever wants to make of it. A crime is a crime whether done out of passion, clear headedness, etc. As for hate speech, Patrick H said it all: "I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it." In the US, such laws are, as much else these days, unconstitutional.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 10, 2016 2:20 PM ET USA

    I stand with Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Valencia, Spain, He is telling the truth. Gender theory is "satanic"!

  • Posted by: space15796 - Jun. 10, 2016 11:08 AM ET USA

    Wow - this is stunning. In my brief travels in Europe, I was surprised to learn the church is supported by taxes, not the willing gifts and tithes of believers. I don't know if that's true in Spain, too. If it is, this development is not quite as stunning.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jun. 09, 2016 9:42 PM ET USA

    The hate is coming from groups like the Spanish Network of Help to Refugees not the Cardinal.