A leading cardinal in the Vatican has said that “Transsexuals and homosexuals will never enter the kingdom of heaven”.
Catholic cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan made the statement while speaking to news agency Ansa, citing Saint Paul’s epistle to the Romans which refers to “men committing indecent acts with other men.”
Contrary to current scientific evidence, he further claimed that “People are not born homosexual, they become homosexual, for different reasons: education issues or because they did not develop their own identity during adolescence.”
He added that, “It may not be their fault, but acting against nature and the dignity of the human body is an insult to God.”
Despite his blatant homophobia, Barragan at least stated that while homosexuality is “a sin” this “does not justify any form of discrimination. God alone has the right to judge. We on earth cannot condemn, and as human beings we all have the same rights.”
The Catholic Church has waged an international campaign to eradicate gay priests from its ranks, as well as actively opposing any form of same-sex marriage recognition around the world.
In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI described homosexuality as a “tendency” towards an “intrinsic moral evil”, and compared the “threat” of homosexuality to the destruction of the rainforests.