Priests in favor of ‘gay marriage’ spark controversy in Chile

by CNA  |  published on November 7, 2014

The secular press in Chile is defending three priests who have come out in support of ‘gay marriage’ and is accusing Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago of denouncing the priests to the Vatican.

The Archdiocese of Santiago issued a statement on Oct.13 denying that the Chilean cardinal had denounced Fathers Felipe Berrios, Mariano Puga and Jose Alduate. Likewise, a Vatican source confirmed to CNA that Cardinal Ezzati has not in fact initiated any process against the priests, although it said the Holy See was aware of the stance they have taken, which it finds “very troubling.”

In June of this year, Jesuit Father Felipe Berrios stirred controversy with comments on a television program defending “gay marriage,” calling the defense of life a matter of opinion and criticizing the canonization of St. John Paul II.

After four years in Africa, Fr. Berrios returned to Chile and gave an extensive interview on Chilean television criticizing Church teaching. Similar statements in the past forced the Jesuit superior in Chile to ask the priest to make a public apology.

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