Spain’s newly appointed cardinal to Rome has insisted homosexuality can be cured with treatment and likened it to other “bodily deficiencies” such as high blood pressure.
The comments by Fernando Sebastian
Aguilar, who was named one of 19 new cardinals by Pope Francis last
week, provoked an immediate backlash in Spain.
Archbishop Emeritus of Pamplona said: “Homosexuality is a deficient way
of manifesting sexuality because (sexuality) has a structure and a
purpose, which is procreation.”
“Homosexuality, which can’t achieve this
purpose, is a failing,” he said in an interview with Malaga-based
newspaper Diario Sur, published Sunday.
He went on to compare it
to his own deficiency of high blood pressure. “Our bodies have many
deficiencies. I have high blood pressure — a deficiency I have to
correct as I can.” With this in mind he continued: “Saying homosexuals
suffer a deficiency is not an insult. It’s a help because in many cases
of homosexuality it is possible to recover and become normal with the
His comments brought swift criticism from some
Maria Gamez, the spokesman from the socialist PSOE
party in Malaga said: “These are not the winds of change that seem to be
blowing from the Vatican. Pope Francis himself has distanced himself
from these backward, insulting and anti-constitutional theses.”