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Catholic Cardinal Under Investigation For Hate Crimes Against Gays

by Jean Ann Esselink on February 6, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,Jean Ann Esselink,News

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Archbishop Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, appointed by Pope Francis I to be Spain’s newest Cardinal, is under investigation for “inciting hate and discrimination” which is an offense against Spain’s constitution.

Sebastián, whose appointment to archbishop is not official until February 22, made the mistake of airing his homophobia in an interview with the Diario Sur newspaper immediately after news of his appointment broke.

“A lot of people complain and don’t tolerate it but with all respect I say that homosexuality is a defective way of manifesting sexuality, because that has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.”

We have a lot of defects in our bodies. I have high blood pressure. Am I going to get angry because they tell me that? It is a defect I have that I have to correct as far as I can,” said Sebastian, who is archbishop emeritus of the northern city of Pamplona.

When he was reminded of Pope Francis recent statement: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?” The archbishop answered:

“It is one thing to show welcome and affection to a homosexual person and another to morally justify the exercise of homosexuality.”

Unfortunately for Archbishop Sebastián, hate speech that “incites hate and discrimination” is a crime in Spain.

After Archbishop Aguilar made his homophobic statements, the Spanish LGBT advocacy group Colegas filed a complaint. The Malaga public prosecutor opened an investigation.

In his own defense Archbishop Sebastián said (had to be haughtily):

“Pointing out a defect to a homosexual is not an offense, it is a help because many cases of homosexuality can be recovered and normalized with adequate treatment.”

Prosecutors will now decide whether the allegations constitute a criminal offence under the Spanish constitution. No matter what they decide, the action is noteworthy, as it is the first time a member of the Catholic clergy has been investigated for hate speech.

Meanwhile, an online petition to rescind Archbishop’s appointment to Cardinal before February 22, is underway.


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xybender2 February 6, 2014 at 7:25 pm

This Catholic clergy is ignorant of scientific facts. These catholics persecute Galileo for saying the earth goes around the sun. This clergy needs to be fixed.

LOrion February 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Raw Story says petition is on change but cannot find it.

xenubarb February 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Wanna link to the petition? Do you think that would have been a good thing to include?

StanJames February 9, 2014 at 8:24 pm

While there are so many hundreds of millions of great catholics, the leadership still thinks they rule like they did during the dark ages and the "holy INquisition)

Its a shame they squeezesd out RATZInger who undecommunicated Bishop Williamson, a holocaust denier, about 2009

the sooner the Vatican is brought to trial and all theri archives are exposed to show they are still largely an absolutist tyranny the better

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