Vatican rebukes prelate denying heaven to gays and transsexuals

December 3, 2009

barraganA Roman Catholic Cardinal has told homosexuals and transsexuals  they would never get into heaven, prompting a rebuke from the Vatican itself.

“Transsexuals and homosexuals will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven, it’s not me who says it but St. Paul,” said Mexican Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, a former Vatican official who recently retired, referring to one of St. Paul’s epistles. Asked if people were born homosexual Barragan, whose comments were posted on a conservative Catholic website called www.pontifex.roma on Wednesday, was quoted as saying:

“One is not born homosexual but they become that way. This is for various reasons: education, for not having developed their identity during their adolescence, maybe they are not guilty but by going against the dignity of the body they certainly will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

The Vatican distanced itself from the comments in a statement that was highly unusual because it indirectly criticized a top Church official.

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(Photo: Cardinal Barragan, 16 April 2005/Tony Gentile)

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And one wonders why people stop going to church and believing in god.WIth comments like this
Is it any wonder.I hope our fellow human being love thy neighbour as thy self
Has some answers on his judgement day.And for the record, you are born gay just as you are born with 2 arms or blind or with green coloured eyes.You were formed in the womb,
But as a committed Christian I forgive his lack of judgment and short sighted ness
god loves us irrespective of colour,creed,religious beliefs,married,gay ,straight.
to me and in my opinion, it’s how you treat your fellow human being that is hoe
W we will be judged .So take note you homophobes,better still why not pick on the real issues like world poverty,abusive husbands in marriages,ooutdated religious laws,etc,
Signed concerned catholic

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