Portugal cardinal warns of marriage with Muslims
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's Cardinal Jose Policarpo has warned young women in the predominantly Catholic nation against marrying Muslims.
"The advice that I give to young Portuguese girls is -- be careful with relationships, think twice about marrying Muslims," the patriarch of Lisbon said.
"It is getting into a pile of troubles, that not even Allah knows where would end."
Policarpo made the statement at a gathering on Tuesday evening in a well-known casino that organises meetings of public figures with paying guests. His comments were repeated on several television stations on Wednesday.
There are about 40,000 Muslims in Portugal, which like neighbouring Spain was once ruled by Muslims from north Africa, where many Muslim immigrants come from. Calls to the Islamic community of Lisbon for comment went unanswered.
The Vatican discourages Catholic women from marrying Muslims and Policarpo echoed that position in blunt terms.
"I know that if a young European of Christian background marries a Muslim, as soon as they go to his country, they'll be subject to the regime of Muslim women," Policarpo said. "Just imagine it."
Policarpo, a leading cardinal who was tipped as a contender in the 2005 conclave that elected Pope Benedict, also said dialogue with Muslims was not easy in Portugal.
"It is only possible to dialogue with those who want to have dialogue, for example with our Muslim brothers dialogue is very difficult," he said.
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
- Xi sees factory China and back office India as global engine
- Google launches $105 Android One; eyes low-price smartphone boom
- Pakistani Islamists use floods to turn opinion against India
- Fed could hint on rate-hike plans as it prepares for policy turn
- South Korea arrests American trying to swim to North Korea - report
President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region. Full Article
Polls show Scottish opponents of independence with slight lead ahead of vote. Full Article