Less Than two weeks after suggesting
that Pope Benedict XVI could be gay, Daily Dish blogger Andrew
Sullivan says many of the cardinals picking the next pope are
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Sullivan made his remarks during an
appearance on The Chris Matthews Show.
Pointing to a Quinnipiac University
poll which found that 54 percent of Catholics favor gay marriage,
host Chris Matthews asked his Sunday panel to comment on shifting
attitudes among Catholics.
of Catholics support gay marriage.)
“The pervasive things Americans
believe is libertarianism,” answered The Washington Post
columnist David Ignatius. “'Don't tread on me' is our national
motto, whether you're Republican [or] Democrat.”
Turning to Sullivan, Matthews asked
what impact majority support for marriage equality among American
Catholics would have on the selection of the next pope.
“Zip,” Sullivan responded. “I
mean, there are so many gays electing the next pope that who knows
whether that would happen.”
“You mean the cardinals?” Matthews
“Yes,” Sullivan answered.
“I think the most interesting thing
about that poll is that there is one – all Christian denominations
now favor this except one: White evangelicals, who oppose it by still
[a] massive margin, over 75 percent. That is your Republican base.
They cannot compromise on this. And that issue is going to kill
them, as it is killing the church,” he continued.