Edit: the retired communist bishop who doesn’t always wear clerics in public is also close friend of Evo Morales, the Marxist leader of Bolivia. Obviously, this is a priest who’s very close to the people! Certainly he’s too close to the wrong people!
Watch out Ed Pentin, OnePeterFive and Adlante de Fe! You’re about to get a dose of #Francismercy
[katholisches.de] It is said that Bolivian bishop Toribio Ticona Porco (81), to be appointed cardinal at the end of June, has a family of his own with wife and children. "Due to a false accusation that has been spread in some media regarding my private life, my job is to clarify that the contents of this message are not true," Ticona Porco said in a statement published by the Bishops' Conference of Bolivia on Tuesday evening (local time ). He described the alleged slander as an attack on Pope Francis: "These are attacks that come from sources that are known for their hostile attitude towards the Holy Father," said Ticona Porco.
He was ready to defend his honor in all necessary instances, added the bishop. The rumors that have now spread by the blog "Adelante la fe" and the Argentine TV show "El compromiso del laico" are not new and have been previously exposed as simple slander, said the former bishop of Corocoro. He is one of the 14 churchmen whose appointment to Cardinal Pope Francis had recently announced for June 28th.
Toribio Ticona Porco, 81, comes from an indigenous family in the highlands of Bolivia and, before becoming a priest, worked as a shoeshine boy, in a beer tavern and in the Potosí mines for the livelihoods of his parents and siblings. Born in 1937 in Atocha, Ticona got to know the harsh everyday life in the southern Bolivian mining region. After studying - including in Brussels - he kept his proximity to the region and the people: first as a priest, then as Auxiliary Bishop in Potosi, finally, from 1992, as Bishop of Corocoro. For several years he also served as mayor of the city of Chacarillas.
At that time, five diocesan priests and ten religious priests worked on an area of 29,000 square kilometers. During his 20 years as a chief shepherd, Ticona considered it a matter of honor to learn all other languages of his church district besides Spanish and Quechua. Bolivia's President Evo Morales, with whom the New Cardinal enjoys a personal friendship, announced this week that he would accompany Ticona Porco to the Vatican at the end of June. (Rom / KNA)