Fernando Sebastián Aguilar the archbishop emeritus of Pamplona y Tudela was recently named a cardinal by Pope Francis. He is now facing possible criminal prosecution for remarks that ran afoul of the gay thought police in Spain.
A Spanish prosecutor has agreed to investigate Cardinal-elect Fernando Sebastian Aguilar after a national homosexualist group launched a legal action against him last month, accusing him of hate speech for calling homosexuality a “defective way of expressing sexuality.”
Aguilar, recently named as a cardinal-elect by Pope Francis, told the Spanish newspaper Diario Sur January 20 that sex “has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.”
“A homosexual who can’t achieve procreation is failing,” he said. “Our bodies have many defects. I have high blood pressure, a defect I have to try and correct in whatever way I can.”
Members of Colegas, the homosexual group behind the complaint, say that the Cardinal-elect’s words “clearly incit[e] hate and discrimination,” a crime that they say violates constitutional guarantees.
“Spain is a modern country and a secular one, and these types of declarations from the church have to be punished because [members of the church] are the least qualified to talk about sexual deficiencies, above all because they have hidden cases of child abuse and paedophilia,” Colegas president Antonio Ferre said after filing the complaint.
Go here to Lifesite News to read the rest. The Cardinal when he made his remarks noted that he does not differ from Pope Francis.
“It is one thing to be compassionate towards a homosexual person but another thing to morally justify the practice of homosexuality. All (the pope) is doing is offering comprehension and compassion and showing a desire to welcome those who have gone astray.”
PopeWatch believes that Pope Francis thinks that by lowering our voices on hot button issues Catholics can cause their adversaries to rethink their opposition to the teachings of the Church. PopeWatch fears that the Pope is very wrong on that score and that lowering voices will simply be interpreted as surrender by opponents who do not seek tolerance but domination.