Cardinal Tobin Wants Women Cardinals

Cardinal Tobin Wants Women Cardinals

[Instead of “Lord Cardinal (Don Cardinale),” would they be addressed as “Lady Cardinal (Donna Cardinale)”? If so, then the College already has one or more.] – 12/26/17

Modernist Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin doesn’t believe that there’s a “compelling theological reason” why the Pope couldn’t name a woman cardinal.

Talking to the New York Times (December 22) Tobin argued that in the 19th century there were lay people who were cardinals. At the same time Tobin conceded that “maybe my theology isn’t sophisticated enough”.

In the past cardinals were at least given the tonsure by which they became clerics. They were either created a cardinal on the condition of being ordained or they lost the cardinalate by getting married.

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