Respect Muslims--just don’t marry them, cardinal says

The leader of Portugal’s Catholic church has some curious advice for his flock

A Catholic cardinal in Portugal, once considered a contender to succeed the late Pope John Paul II, has warned European Christian women not to marry Muslims. Though the Vatican discourages cross-religion marriages, the Church is also trying to reach out to the faith. So José Cardinal Policarpo’s blunt televised advice to “think twice about marrying a Muslim” has sparked controversy in the Iberian nation, home to 40,000 mainly North African Muslims.