Catholic Cardinal calls gay US ambassador nominee a “faggot”

A Cardinal of the Catholic Church called President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to the Dominican Republican a “faggot” this past weekend.

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The President’s nominee, James “Wally” Brewster, is openly gay.  The Cardinal, who is also the Catholic Church’s Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, reportedly has a stranglehold on Dominican politics, and like most Catholic leaders is notoriously anti-gay.

The Cardinal’s bigoted comments were first reported by J. Lester Feder of Buzzfeed.

The blog Blabbeando took the original video of López Rodríguez calling ambassador-nominee Brewster a “faggot” and posted English subtitles. López Rodríguez was being interviewed in Spanish, and uses the Spanish slur “maricones,” which means “faggots.”

López Rodríguez’ comments occur around 49 seconds into the video:

This is pretty egregious, even by Catholic standards.  Using the word “faggot” for anyone, let alone the nominee to be the next US ambassador to a country, is bad enough.  But for a Catholic Cardinal – one of the leaders of the Catholic Church – to use words like “faggot” is really beyond the pale.

What’s next?  Does Pope Francis’s Vatican embrace the n-word for blacks, and the c-word for women now too?

What kind of organization tolerates these kind of slurs, let alone the rape of children?  Paula Deen, a TV chef, lost her entire career for admitting insensitivity to minorities.  But a Catholic Cardinal does the same, and it’s no big deal – just another day at the altar.  After all, when you aid and abet pedophilia, and the literal enslavement of women, what’s a bigoted slur against hundreds of millions of citizens of the world?

I grew up Christian, but not Catholic.  And even after coming to terms with being gay, I never fully understand why so many of my gay friends who grew up Catholic had such a visceral hatred for the Catholic Church.  Now I do.


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