Friday, May 09, 2008
Magdalena Rouco Hernández and her uncle the Cardinal...
Topless and dressed in suspenders, she stares from the cover of one of Spain's bestselling soft porn magazines. But this is not another of the scantily clad models who feature every week in Interviú, rather it is the niece of the conservative head of Spain's Catholic church, Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela.
Magdalena Rouco Hernández stripped off to embarrass her uncle, who is head of the Spanish Episcopal Conference and also a friend of Pope Benedict XVI.
The mother-of-two posed topless on eight pages of Interviú magazine, whose curious formula consists of generous helpings of female flesh combined with serious investigations.
The 27-year-old, who went to mass every day as a girl, said she chose to do the photoshoot to expose her uncle's "hypocrisy" following her father's death. "My uncle never tires of repeating that the family is sacred and that you have to respect it. But then he does not respect it and abandons his own," she said.
"When my father died, [Rouco] did not come to the funeral, didn't send flowers or tell my mother of his sorrow. He told us he had a meeting with Pope John Paul II, but it was not true.
Magdelena also claimed Cardinal Rouco did not call her family after her mother's death and failed to help her when her husband lost his job. "I wanted to bare naked the hypocrisy of my uncle," she said.
Cardinal Rouco, 72, leads a conservative wing of the Spanish church which has clashed repeatedly with the socialist government over social reforms including the legalisation of gay marriage, faster divorces, educational reforms and stem-cell research.
A spokeswoman for the Spanish Episcopal Conference said: "As you can imagine, we do not want to make any comment."
Source: The Guardian
See also: "Ashamed" Pope vows no more pedophile priests...