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.