Cardinal’s “Gays Don’t Go to Heaven” Comment Too Homophobic Even for the Vatican


We felt sooo slighted when Mexican Cardinal Javier Barragan, a retired Vatican official, made the grand pronouncement that gay and transgender human beings won’t be let into heaven. As if this guy holds the keys, or even has a cousin who has a friend who’s sister’s father knows the password. Barragan’s comments. That conclusion was paired with Barragan giving a lesson in biology: “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.” What’s most amusing — and, frankly, surprising — is that Barragan went too far EVEN FOR THE VATICAN. The Holy See’s spokesman Father Federico Lombardi discounted Barragan’s statement, and noted in an email, “It would be better, for example, to refer to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which does talk about homosexual acts as ‘disordered,’ but takes into account the fact that ‘the number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. … [Gays] must be welcomed with respect and sensitivity, and ‘every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.'”