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Cardinal ‘incited anti-gay hate’

AFP-JIJI

Spanish prosecutors have opened an investigation into newly chosen Spanish Cardinal Fernando Sebastian Aguilar after a gay-rights group accused him of hate speech for calling homosexuality a “defect.”

The public prosecutor for the southern province of Malaga said he had opened a preliminary inquiry to clarify whether the allegations constitute a criminal offense, a document showed Wednesday.

Sebastian Aguilar, 84, is one of 19 new cardinals chosen by Pope Francis last month to be officially appointed Feb. 22.

In a recent newspaper interview, he said: “A lot of people complain and don’t tolerate it but with all respect I say that homosexuality is a defective way of manifesting sexuality, because that has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.”

Comparing homosexuality to his own high blood pressure, “a defect I have that I have to correct as far as I can,” he added, “Pointing out a defect to a homosexual is not an offense, it is a help because many cases of homosexuality can be recovered and normalized with adequate treatment.”