BRASILIA, Brazil – A Brazilian cardinal criticized President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for defending abortion and gay rights, calling Silva "chaotic, not Catholic," in an interview published Wednesday.
"A Catholic cannot be in favor of abortion," Rio de Janeiro Cardinal Eusebio Scheid told the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper in Rome, where he arrived Tuesday for the conclave to chose a new pope.
Scheid, 72, said he was perplexed by the defense of gay rights by Silva and his leftist Workers Party.
"His relations with gays – who approved all that? He left us all rather confused," Scheid was quoted as saying.
Silva is to attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II, amid speculation that Sao Paulo cardinal Claudio Hummes could be chosen the next pope. Silva has said he is hoping a Brazilian will be named.
Scheid praised Silva for attending the funeral, but added: "He expects political dividends from this."
Considered a conservative, Scheid said Silva – a grade-school dropout from Brazil’s poor Northeast – had an "illogical" and "uncultivated" Catholic faith.
"He was born in the working class, with all its confusions. He never had a proper formation and deepening of his faith," Scheid told Estado. "He and the Holy Spirit don’t understand each other."
Scheid, who has good relations with Silva, said politicians in general were untrustworthy.
"They say one thing now and something else tomorrow," he was quoted as saying. "The left never brought benfits to anyone. Look at Russia, China and Cuba."
Silva’s office said he had made no comment on Scheid’s remarks. [Source]
Roman Chaoticism would be an apt term since there is so much disorder or confusion among those of the Catholic faith. Chaos is a disordered state and many Roman Chaotics openly endorse behavior that is objectively disordered. I nominated the National Catholic Reporter as the Catechism of the Chaotic Church.