Who Will Be The Rainbow Cardinals At The Next Papal Conclave?

Even in the so-called peripheries, not everyone thinks like Congolese Cardinal Ambongo, symbol of the African rebellion against Fiducia supplicans. Among the electors of the future Pope, there will be a quota that is particularly sensitive to LGBT groups.

Not only Tucho Fernandez. In the sacred college, shaped by Francis to the tune of nine consistories in eleven years, the current prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith is by no means the only cardinal to have demonstrated a certain sensitivity to LGBT issues in the Church. The positions on the subject of cardinals considered ultra-progressives such as the Americans Blaise Cupich and Robert McElroy, the German Reinhard Marx, the Luxembourger Jean-Claude Hollerich, and the Austrian Christoph Schönborn are already well known. The lack of knowledge among/of the members of the college, however, leads to an underestimation of the extent of support for the LGBT communities committed to demanding further openings within the Church.

This is especially true among the less prominent names of the future electors of Francis’ successor. The countercultural choices made in the consistories by the Argentine pope have mistakenly led one to believe that it was precisely from those privileged peripheries during the current pontificate that a surprise in the name of discontinuity from the open line of the last decade could have come. The publication of ‘Fiducia supplicans’ and the resistance of the African episcopate and several bishops around the world have given the illusion of confirming this vulgate. More than a few thought that the bungling of the green light to pastoral blessings for same-sex unions could overturn the outcome considered a foregone conclusion of the next conclave, isolating those who wanted to go too far. But among the electors of the sacred college, an expression of the suburbs, not everyone thinks like Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, the man who symbolises the African rebellion against the Declaration of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith. Outside Africa, in fact, a number of ‘peripheral’ cardinals are sensitive to the rainbow cause.

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