On the occasion of his 90th birthday. On his 60th birthday, Cardinal Camillo Ruini has spoken out on politics and church policy. While he praised the new head of government Draghi, he cannot find anything wrong with many demands for reform within the church.
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, former president of the Italian Bishops' Conference, has celebrated his 90th birthday. Cardinal expressed his views on current political ies on his 90th birthday. In an interview with the newspaper "Corriere della Sera" (Friday) he welcomed the appointment of Mario Draghi as the new Prime Minister. He has "great respect" for the former head of the European Central Bank, the cardinal said. Draghi's government will have a "very positive" effect on Italy's future.
Ruini, with his political skills and networking, was long considered the most influential churchman in Italy. During his tenure as head of the Bishops' Conference (1991-2007), the Catholic Church played a decisive role in shaping opinion under changing governments.
Ruini defends closeness to Berlusconi and Salvini
Referring to his closeness to conservative ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, the cardinal defended his stance. Although he had neither Berlusconi nor any other politician directly supported. But his goal had been to achieve "certain things". "And in this I often agreed with Berlusconi," Ruini said.
He said the same was true of right-wing former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The latter "acted with wisdom and determination in the circumstances". In the meantime, the Lega chief is an important political figure, "not only for his party".
Ruini also commented on church policy ies. He firmly rejects the idea of abolishing compulsory celibacy or opening the priesthood to women: "In the Protestant churches, this has been practiced for a long time, and the situation is worse than ours."In this way it will not be possible to deal effectively with the shortage of priests.