Cardinal elector says Vatileaks will have no relevance in conclave

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2013 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop-emeritus of Seville in Spain, Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, said the Vatileaks scandal, in which confidential papal documents were leaked to the press, will have no relevance in the upcoming conclave for the election of a new Pontiff.

Before entering the first General Congregation of Cardinals on Monday at the Vatican, Cardinal Amigo said that within the Church, “as is normal among all human beings,” there are “different opinions” about various subjects, but he denied that there are “confrontations” between different factions of cardinals, as the secular press is suggesting.

“The Church is united, and that is what matters,” he underscored.

The 78 year-old cardinal, who will participate in the conclave, said there were “no state secrets unveiled” by the Vatileaks scandal and that the Church has more important issues to face.

He also said that age is not the most important factor in choosing the next Pope but instead that whoever is chosen be a good pastor.


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