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They are talking 'bout sex in the Vatican City

by phiber on May 23rd, 2001 VATICAN CITY -- Sex and the family has dominated the agenda at the largest meeting of cardinals.

Just over 150 of the 183 cardinals worldwide are attending the three-day meeting, called by Pope John Paul II after he appointed 44 new cardinals in February, to discuss the Church's role in the third millennium.

But it has also been described as a pre-conclave -- referring to the gathering which will select the next pope -- where cardinals hoping to succeed John Paul are vying for position and favour.

Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, head of the Vatican's Council for the Family, told the gathering that his department was preparing a "lexicon" on issues related to sexuality and the family. He said the book was being prepared by 50 experts in various fields, such as anthropology, sexuality, sociology and psychology.

Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls, briefing reporters on the closed-door meetings, said he expected the manual to include new definitions of sexuality and anthropology that have come into use in recent years or have taken on different meanings.

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua of Philadelphia spoke about how the concept of marriage was changing in many advanced countries. He cited U.S. Census Bureau statistics showing the increasing number of Americans living together but not marrying and the number of children born out of wedlock, according to Navarro-Valls.

Several cardinals spoke about globalisation, saying that while it had made life easier for some, it had left many orphans of global economics in its wake.

Some cardinals pointed to problems of "communication" between the Vatican and its worldwide dioceses, Navarro-Valls said.

There were also "rare mentions" of the word "collegiality," a code word for more democracy in the church.

John Paul has made improving relations with non-Catholics a major goal of his papacy. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of England suggested the Vatican organise a major meeting of leaders of various Christian denominations.

The meeting ends Wednesday and John Paul will celebrate Mass with the cardinals and join them for lunch on Thursday.

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