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Cardinal: Homosexuals 'will never enter the kingdom of heaven'

Vatican Hill: St. Peter s Basilica.
Citing the teachings of Saint Paul, a leading Roman Catholic cardinal said that homosexuality is an 'insult to God,' claiming that there will be no place in heaven for gay people.
Heaven is a environment that is reserved for heterosexual populations. At least that is what Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan would like to impart, speaking Wednesday on the matter.
Cardinal Barragan does not believe that homosexuals and transexuals should be discriminated against, but their actions remain an "insult to God" in the eyes of the Catholic Church.
"Transsexuals and homosexuals will never enter the kingdom of heaven and it is not me who says this, but Saint Paul," he said. "People are not born homosexual, they become homosexual, for different reasons: education issues or because they did not develop their own identity during adolescence. It may not be their fault, but acting against nature and the dignity of the human body is an insult to God."
The issue of homosexuality and religion has global context. Recently a gay rights group in the Philippines sought to create a political party and was pushed back on religious "immorality" grounds.
And the brutal anti-gay legislation looming in Uganda is fostered by religious underwriting.
"We on earth cannot condemn, and as human beings we all have the same rights," Cardinal Barragan said.

11 comments

#1Dec 2, 2009 Oliver VanDervoort
See, it's not my fault I hate gays! God wants me to!
#2Dec 2, 2009 Tar De Moutonnoir
What about hermaphrodites I wonder?
#3Dec 2, 2009 2Strident
Thank heavens we have Mr. Barragan and other similarly virtuous people to tell us what god thinks about these things, otherwise we'd all be doing it wrong. It would be wholesale madness. I have no doubt that everyone would be doing with the wrong people, in the wrong positions, at the wrong time. Our species would be doomed.
And you just know he's right 'cause look at his hat... they don't give awesome hats like that to some dumb-ass like me, nope, only oracles and gurus - and sometimes supermodels - get such a cool hat.
#4Dec 2, 2009 Kevin Jess
The Catholic Church must have started to read either the Bible or the Catholic Encyclopedia, wait till they get to the part about heaven....
#5Dec 2, 2009 Paul Bright
do child molesters get into heaven? Or do they just get transferred to another church?
#6Dec 2, 2009 2Strident
@Paul Bright
do child molesters get into heaven? Or do they just get transferred to another church?
It all depends on the hat. :)
#7Dec 2, 2009 Gail Nobles
Matt. 21:31.....Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
That verse said a lot to me. The one that you think is going to hell may be the one to make it right into heaven. The one that is suppose to be so righteous may not be the one to make it. They may give up in the end and decide to change. There are some righteous that can change for the worst and some unrighteous that can change for the better. That's why God is the judge because he only knows who is going to heaven. We just need to do our part and continue to love one another. He's going to judge us for what we have done. If someone is gay, that doesn't make us any better than them. Some people are not gay but may go to hell for fornication and adultery. All sin is sin to God and we must be clean and saved and born again before we can enter into his kingdom. Nothing unclean can enter into the kingdom of God. No sin whatsoever.
#8Dec 2, 2009 2Strident
Credibile est, quia ineptum est. - Tertullian
#9Dec 3, 2009 Salim Jiwa
@Paul Bright
do child molesters get into heaven? Or do they just get transferred to another church?
Good question - but also the majorit of these men of God child molesters have been molesting boys too.
#10Dec 3, 2009 Richard Bass
@Gail Nobles
Matt. 21:31.....Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
That verse said a lot to me. The one that you think is going to hell may be the one to make it right into heaven. The one that is suppose to be so righteous may not be the one to make it. They may give up in the end and decide to change. There are some righteous that can change for the worst and some unrighteous that can change for the better. That's why God is the judge because he only knows who is going to heaven. We just need to do our part and continue to love one another. He's going to judge us for what we have done. If someone is gay, that doesn't make us any better than them. Some people are not gay but may go to hell for fornication and adultery. All sin is sin to God and we must be clean and saved and born again before we can enter into his kingdom. Nothing unclean can enter into the kingdom of God. No sin whatsoever.
If that is so then we are all damned to hell.. ;)
#11Dec 4, 2009 Dave Hanley
Speaking on behalf of the ever-growing global voice of reason and rational skepticism, I must ask that deliberately ignorant people like this Cardinal stop spreading disinformation publicly about whether or not homosexuality is ‘natural'. I realize that their organization has long been at odds with science and free inquiry but, on this point, they must bow to the evidence which is overwhelming and growing: homosexuality stems from biological influences including genetics and hormones. In short; it is almost certainly a function of biological determinism and may be a natural function of resource allocation to ensure the health of the collective instead of focusing on proliferation.
In 1995, the National Academy of Sciences in the US accidentally discovered a "runaway expression" of a single gene, white, which became a "utility tool" in their experiments. They discovered that this gene induces homosexual courtship among mature males. It is remarkable that white is one of the most studied genes in man's quest to understand genetic control and function in Drosophila and, at the time, this phenomenon had not previously been reported. Using this male–male courtship as an assay, they carried out experiments to test hypotheses addressing causal mechanisms. These efforts led to the observation that wild-type (genetically unaltered) male flies will participate in homosexual courtship when exposed to a vigorous male–male courtship environment, demonstrating that both genetic factors and environmental cues influence this behavior (and not environmental alone). This accidental discovery has led to greater, targeted research on mammals (The animal kingdom is replete with same-sex action. Male penguins do it, rams do it, even female macaques pair off to do it as do dolphins, pigs, chimpanzees, apes, sea lions - Canadian biologist Bruce Bagemihl counted 470 species that indulge in same-sex activity) that has led to a wealth of information that points rather strongly towards biological determinism. The pre-optic nucleus of the hypthallamus (known to control sex hormone release and many types of sexual behaviour) of sheep that engage in same-sex behaviour is notably different than that of sheep that do not. This differrence in the hypothalamic region has also been observed in homosexual/heterosexual humans. In other words, homosexuality appears to be a genetic characteristic similar to eye colour. There has even been recent hypotheses that homosexuality may be an evolutionary step towards a "superorganism"; that homosexuality is a biological function to preserve the well-being of the collective instead of procreating; though this research is ongoing.
Lastly, recent studies at the Karolinska institute in Stockholm provide the most compelling evidence to date: Brain scans have shown that being gay or straight is a biologically fixed trait. The scans reveal that in gay people, key structures of the brain governing emotion, mood, anxiety and aggressiveness resemble those in straight people of the opposite sex. This study demonstrates that homosexuals of both sexes show strong cross-sex shifts in brain symmetry. Researchers say that the connectivity differences reported in the amygdala are "striking". It is important to mention that these scans have been performed on humans of varying ages (including young children).
It is absolutely the Cardinal's right to be intolerant. It is well within his right to freely associate with the intolerant and like-minded. He is even permitted to publicly perpetuate his organization's discriminatory view on homosexuals from a moral perspective (though even biblical scholars are divided on the subject). He does not, however, have the right to maliciously spread disinformation and propaganda that has already been refuted without having to face the scrutiny of champions of science and free inquiry.

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