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.