A lot of heat generated on Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán’s comments that homosexuals cannot go to heaven. According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the cardinal said:
Transsexuals and homosexuals will never enter the kingdom of heaven and it is not me who says this, but Saint Paul. 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 Vatican was quick to offer a correction. Very quick.
Cardinal Barragán issued a statement today clarifying his position, intention, or possibly, correction. He wasn’t pontificating on his own; but merely commenting on Romans 1:26-27:
This is what the Word of God says, it isn’t what I said. Now, I have never said that a particular homosexual cannot be saved, because he can be saved. Many times one is not a homosexual through one’s own fault; it all depends on one’s education and environment.
It would not surprise me if Cardinal Barragán’s interviewer got things mangled. It also would not surprise me if the cardinal himself got a little confused on questions or the elaboration of a point. I don’t know the man, but sadly, it wouldn’t surprise several million believers and non-believers alike that the cardinal spoke his true mind, and that many others in the Church believe as he seemed to say.
It doesn’t matter that a juiced-up PR engine in Rome can react to stuff like this. It’s still treating news and publicity as a cause not for action, but reaction.