Pope Francis Needs To Aid U.S. Ambassador James Brewster Over Gay Slurs
This is just not the way to treat an ambassador, regardless of which country they represent. The meanness and spite that comes from too many in the Catholic Church about homosexuality needs to be called out and dealt with. Pope Francis needs to make a statement about one of his red-hatted crew and alert others to the fact that bigotry has never been a classy thing for the church.
A high-ranking Democratic senator called on Pope Francis Tuesday to personally intervene with a cardinal in the Dominican Republic who has made derogatory comments about the openly gay man who is the U.S. ambassador to that country.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said that Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez has launched “hateful” attacks against U.S. ambassador James “Wally” Brewster.
Lopez said earlier this month that Brewster should “focus on housework, since he’s the wife to a man.” He also used an anti-gay slur and accused Brewster of promoting a gay rights agenda on Dominican soil.
Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, is a Roman Catholic and longtime friend of Brewster, a business executive and fundraiser for President Barack Obama. Brewster became just the seventh openly gay U.S. ambassador when appointed two years ago.
Durbin said the cardinal’s comments are inconsistent with Francis’ call for tolerance on homosexuality.