In recent days
former San Francisco archbishop William Levada has come
out publicly against allowing gays to adopt through Catholic
Charities, the Catholic Church's social services arm.
Now a current Vatican official widely known for his
antigay views, Levada is being elevated to cardinal by
Pope Benedict XVI, reports Agence France-Presse, and will
thus become an even more influential voice in the
church's opposition to gay people.
Levada, 69, became an archbishop in 1986, when
he was appointed to head the Portland, Ore.,
archdiocese. Later he headed the archdioceses of Santa
Rosa, Calif., and San Francisco, where he led a march in
2005 protesting the same-sex marriages being
administered by city officials at the time. He has
said that marriage is for heterosexual couples only.
Levada was also criticized by victims of sexual
abuse by Catholic clergy, who alleged that instead of
exposing the abuse, he covered it up. A strong
advocate for church orthodoxy, he is also against abortion
and euthanasia, among other hot-button issues.
As cardinal, Levada will be better able to
advise the pope on these matters, and he will also be
involved in choosing the next pope when the time
comes. He will be elevated to the position in a
ceremony on Friday. (The Advocate)
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