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Spanish cardinal-designate sparks outrage by saying homosexuality is 'defective'

Catholic World News - January 21, 2014

A Spanish prelate who will receive a cardinal’s red hat from Pope Francis next month has provoked an uproar by describing homosexuality as “a defective way of manifesting sexuality.”

Archbishop Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, the retired Archbishop of Pamplona, made the remark in an interview with the Sur newspaper. He stressed that homosexual inclinations are not morally wrong, but compared them with medical problems such as his own high blood pressure.

Questioned about the reluctance of Pope Francis to judge a homosexual, the Spanish prelate answered: “It is one thing to be cordial and affectionate toward a homosexual person, and something else to provide a moral justification for homosexual acts.”

Gay-rights groups have expressed outrage at the archbishop’s statements and demanded an apology.

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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jan. 22, 2014 7:03 PM ET USA

    Now that is a good clear response.

  • Posted by: BobJ70777069 - Jan. 21, 2014 5:57 PM ET USA

    Truth-telling is becoming more "extreme" by the day.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jan. 21, 2014 5:29 PM ET USA

    A bishop who speaks blunt truth - how refreshing !!

  • Posted by: rpp - Jan. 21, 2014 5:28 PM ET USA

    If someone takes a completely Godless approach, then certainly, homosexual acts ARE a defective for of sexual relations simply because they are not reproductive. For evolutionary scientists, reproduction is the pinnacle of a successful species. Homosexuality, being sterile, is clearly a biological defect based on that form of reasoning. Rational logic shows the correctness of the good Cardinal's statement.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jan. 21, 2014 5:27 PM ET USA

    If Spain doesn't want him, we could use more prelates like him over here in the States. The climate here in California is a lot like Spain's (in many meanings of the word), and most of our bishops can't bring themselves to say anything so forthright on the subject.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 21, 2014 4:30 PM ET USA

    Nicolás Fernández of the group Entiende (pro-sodomite), cited in the AFP article linked above, subtly misquotes Bishop Sebastián as saying homosexuals were "defective"; in reality he referred to this inclination as "defective", not the person. Then Fernández proceeds to condemn the assessment he just misrepresented. This is truly what we call "tilting at windmills in Spain". It is also a favorite tactic of the homosexualists when they wish to smear opponents of their political nonsense.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 21, 2014 4:05 PM ET USA

    The pope is searching out good men. I hope the New York Times and other publications of its ilk take notice.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 21, 2014 3:53 PM ET USA

    Sounds right to me, what's the problem?

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