Dominican cardinal can’t stop slurring US ambassador

Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, who leads the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo, can’t seem to stop calling the US ambassador to his country a fag. From the Washington Blade:

Cardinal Rodriguez, via Wikimedia Commons

Cardinal Rodriguez, via Wikimedia Commons

Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo described James “Wally” Brewster as a “faggot” during an interview with Hoy, a Dominican newspaper. López also said the gay ambassador wants to promote “faggotry” in the predominantly Catholic country. “What are we going to become with such a thing, an ambassador who is a faggot,” López told Hoy. “He [Brewster] should go home, he does not have to bring anything here.” López spoke to Hoy less than a week after he described Brewster — who is married to Bob Satawake — as a “wife” who “should stick to housework.”

López in 2013 described Brewster as a “faggot” after President Obama nominated him to become the next U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The controversial has also described gay men as “degenerates,” among other things.

The Archdiocese of Santo Domingo hasn’t responded to the Blade’s request for comment about Rodriguez’s most recent remarks, and I doubt that the Vatican will weigh in to condemn them. The foot-dragging on the issue isn’t exactly shocking.

Pope Francis has worked hard to rebrand the Catholic Church as something other than an arcane, backward, Medieval haven of bad ideas and incoherent logic. Rhetoric aside, though, he hasn’t followed up his headline-grabbing “who am I to judge?” shrug with respect to the ordination of gay priests with much by way of actual change in Church tone or policy on social issues. Just last week, he downplayed the AIDS epidemic by saying it wasn’t worth discussing until poverty was eradicated. When he was in the United States in September, he met with anti-gay Kim Davis and anti-contraception Little Sisters of the Poor, but not with a single LGBT Catholic group. He remains committed to the idea that gays and lesbians are “objectively disordered” and that rights for transgender people are dangerous.

In that environment, it’s not surprising that Cardinal Rodriguez feels perfectly secure throwing slurs at American diplomats. Again.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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