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Alan Cumming wants the next pope to be gay

Alan Cumming wants the next pope to be gay

Scottish bisexual actor Alan Cumming has been thinking about who he wants to be the next pope.

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world on Monday (11 February) when he announced his resignation, the first to do so in 600 years.

While many believe his successor could be black, the Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson who has defended African ‘Kill The Gays’ laws, Cumming said it would not help to give the Catholic Church a new image.

Speaking to New York Magazine, he said: ‘If I was going to rebrand the Catholic Church, as much as I despise what it stands for, I would say get a black person – well, first I would say get a woman or a gay – but then I’d say get a black person or a Hispanic person.

‘That would be great.’

Cumming’s problem with the current Pope (‘he fucking should resign’) is that he is ‘homophobic and self-deluding’.

In the past, Benedict XVI has described gay people as a ‘defection of human nature’.

‘I’m horrified by this Pope,’ Cumming said. ‘I’m horrified by his stance on gays. And I just love – I was reading today that the Pope arrived in a Christian Dior cape with red Dorothy shoes and blah blah, and he tells us that it’s wrong to be gay.

‘And I don’t know, I’m really intrigued by it; there’s more to this than meets the eye.

‘It’s not just because he’s old and sick, I hope there’s some more skeletons in his closet because this violent bigotry that he’s been exposing… and he’s the head of a church that a very large portion of the world belongs to, and they’re still condoning him by going to church every week.

‘I think it’s time they sorted it out and got a new one.’