WE NEED A LYON IN THE VATICAN.
And since I am half Canadian, here is an interview for French Canadians with captions in English, and of course since the good Cardinal is in Canada giving this interview this makes him all the more a papal candidate in my half Canadian book:
As you know I have Corsican blood in my veins which makes me partially French, so I am now partial to the French. And I think we need a Lyon in the Vatican, so I think the next pope should be Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon (France).
What about him make him a good prospect?
On same sex marriage, he said, "This has many consequences that cannot be numbered. Afterwards, they will try to create 'couples' of three, or of four. After that, one day, perhaps, the prohibition of incest will fall. ... A marriage is a name that implies a bulwark, in order to allow the most fragile spot in society, that is, a woman who gives birth to a child, to have all conditions established so that it may take place with the best available resources.
"For us, the first page of the Bible has a little more strength and truth, that will traverse the cultures and the centuries, than the circumstantial or passing decisions of a Parliament." Of course the press with martyr him for these comments.
He is one of the 12 apostles in all of the College of Cardinals that has offered the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal and we all know the number 12 is quite significant in Catholic circles. But apart from offering the Mass in the Extraordinary Form he has very little patience with the neo-schismatic SSPX which may be a very good thing. This is what he has said about the SSPX: "[The Pope] wishes to offer his hand, before it is too late, to those who are afar. I feel, however, that the issue is not certain. Whenever a schism is in its beginnings, it is still possible to achieve an understanding... [sic] It is more complicated after several decades."
And then there is this: "Cardinal Barbarin [has opened] in Lyon a "bi-formalist" seminary, i.e. a seminary dedicated to both forms of the Roman Rite, which is being both taught and celebrated there. This is the first diocese in France after that of Toulon which offers this possibility to its seminarians. Cardinal Barbarin's project goes further than that of Toulon: not only do the seminarians have the opportunity to be formed according to the extraordinary form, Mass according to the usus antiquior will be celebrated every day in the seminary, open to all seminarians, including those of the ordinary form."
And the Cardinal is young! He is only 62.