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Petitioning Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez and 1 other

Cardinal Lopez and Auxiliary Catholic Bishop Cedano: Apologize for homophobic slur and influencing suffering towards nominated US Ambassador


In response to the nomination of US Ambassador, James “Wally” Brewster, Cardinal Lopez used an anti-gay slur and auxiliary Catholic Bishop Monsignor Pablo Cedano forecasted “he’s going to suffer” and “he’ll have to leave.” 

Our first request is for Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez to apologize for his homophobic slur because negative language can also demean and belittle another as lesser, directly neglecting true recognition of the dignity of a human person. What may be perceived as a lack of respect from the US by nominating an openly gay unmarried man to be an ambassador falls short from the direct disrespect of a term aimed to demean. 

Our second request is for auxiliary Catholic Bishop Monsignor Pablo Cedano to apologize for setting the stage for another to suffer. As a Catholic leader in a highly Catholic country, one should not directly make statements that will influence behavior intended to cause another suffering, such suffering that as you say, “he’ll have to leave.”  With all due respect, the statements “he’s going to suffer” and “he’ll have to leave” will only result in division with a primary focus on causing another to endure suffering.

Our Catholic leaders must be Christ-like models of respecting all humans, recognizing the gifts and talents of all people, and being welcoming to all persons. Rather than witnessing a disrespectful homophobic slur and using influential words to set a stage which could only increase suffering, we must witness a compassionate heart carried out by our Catholic leaders; one which provides true pastoral care, active and reflective listening, and healing to those who are vulnerable and suffering.

I request a personal apology to nominated US Ambassador, James “Wally” Brewster, for influential words to cause him suffering and for the usage of such disrespectful slurs towards him. 

Loving our neighbor means not only to tolerate, but to accept others. Jesus even calls us to love others we perceive as enemies.  We are not called to be indifferent towards or hate others, or intentionally cause another suffering. 

Letter to
Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez
Auxiliary Catholic Bishop Monsignor Pablo Cedano
I am a born and raised Roman Catholic who holds my faith close to my heart and everyday life. As an alumnus from a Catholic and Marianist university, the University of Dayton taught me to reflect and consider always what it means to be human. My question is what approach do you take to respect the dignity and personhood of all humans? Our faith calls us to recognize the gifts and talents all humans can contribute and share in society while being cognizant that we all are sinners.

My first request is for Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez to apologize for his homophobic slur because negative language can also demean and belittle another as lesser, directly neglecting true recognition of a person’s dignity. What may be perceived as a lack of respect from the US by nominating an openly gay unmarried man to be an ambassador falls short from the direct disrespect of a term aimed to demean. I am disappointed to see a model of Christ and leader of our Church carry out such disrespect that furthers division rather than loving our neighbor, even if one may be perceived as an enemy.

My second request is for auxiliary Catholic Bishop Monsignor Pablo Cedano to apologize for setting the stage for another to suffer. As a Catholic leader one should not directly make statements that will influence behavior intended to cause another suffering, such suffering that as you say, “he’ll have to leave.” With all due respect, the statements “he’s going to suffer” and “he’ll have to leave” will only result in division with a primary focus on causing another to endure suffering. How is this welcoming all to the table to share their gifts and talents while expressing Christ-like love?
We are all human. Being raised Catholic and being gay, I personally am disappointed to see a failure to respect others as Christ would and to witness intentions to lead such an effort to cause another suffering. Since April 30, 2011 I have personally committed to inspiring others to realize their full potential and the gifts God has instilled in them, so that they too can be animated by the voice from within. As Mary said "Yes!" I too continue to say "Yes!" committing myself to being a living ministry of God's love while bringing Christ into the world. Inspired by the love God reveals each day in others and in His creation, I strive to be an animated voice calling for transformation. Compelled by the Spirit I passionately strive to devote my whole self to radiating the light of Christ. Strengthened by Christ's love in one another, I echo Mary's 'Yes!' by committing to be what the world needs us to be.

Please be a Christ-like model of respecting all humans, recognizing the gifts and talents of all people, and being more welcoming to others. Loving our neighbor means not only to tolerate, but to accept others. We are not called to be indifferent towards or hate others, or intentionally to cause another suffering. Jesus even calls us to love our enemies. I hope gay people are not seen as enemies to the Catholic Church; after all many LGBT Catholics serve their parishes and Catholic institutions as models, bringing Christ’s love into the world with true compassionate hearts. My hope is to see this compassionate heart carried out by our Catholic leaders as one which provides true pastoral care, listening, and healing to those who are vulnerable and suffer, rather than witnessing a disrespectful homophobic slur and setting a stage influencing suffering by Catholic leaders. I request a personal apology to nominated US Ambassador, James “Wally” Brewster, for influential words to cause suffering and for the usage of such disrespectful slurs.

In Christ’s love,
Josh Moran