US State Department backs gay envoy, raps Dominican cardinal

US State Department backs gay envoy, raps Dominican cardinal

Catholic World News
December 22, 2015

The US State Department has strongly backed the country’s openly homosexual ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who has been the focus of criticism by Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo.

While the cardinal has charged that Ambassador James “Wally” Brewster is trying to impose American ideas of sexual morality on the Dominican Republic, a State Department spokesman countered by suggesting that the cardinal is taking a stand in opposition to human rights:

That there may be those opposed to the promotion of human rights in various societies around the world is not surprising, but it does underscore why this work is so important.

The State Department confirmed that US foreign policy is “dedicated to eliminating barriers to equality, fighting discriminatino based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and engaging LGBTI communities around the world.”

Background: Illinois senator asks Pope to curb Dominican cardinal’s criticism of gay US envoy

Catholic World News
December 17, 2015

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois has written to Pope Francis, criticizing “hateful” public remarks by Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo about the openly homosexual US ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

The Illinois lawmaker said that the ambassador, James “Wally” Brewster, has shown “patience and professionalism” in the “mean-spirited attacks” by the Dominican cardinal. He appealed to the Pope to stop the cardinal’s “intolerant public statements.”

Senator Durbin, who identifies himself as Catholic, acknowledged that the Church opposes same-sex marriage, but said that “the Church also teaches us to show tolerance for those with different sexual orientations.”

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