The Catholic Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, has praised Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst for winning the European song contest in comments that suggest he is open minded when it comes to trans issues.
However despite praising Wurst’s win he’d rather she didn’t have a sex life.
‘I am glad that Tom Neuwirth had such success with his artistic creation Conchita Wurst and I will pray for him,’ Cardinal Schönborn said, according to The Tablet.
‘As we all know, there is multicolored variety in God’s garden. Not everyone who is born male feels he is a man and the same applies to women. Such people deserve the same respect that we all have a right to as human beings.’
Schönborn said the message of Wurst’s song of tolerance was a ‘very real and major issue,’ and that tolerance meant ‘respecting someone even if one does not share his or her views.’
However a spokesman for the cardinal said he remained committed to the church’s teaching that homosexual acts are sinful and that same-sex attracted people should not have sex lives.
The spokesman quoted comments by the cardinal from 2012 where he said, ‘A pathway to conversion and repentance is necessary for those who live in homosexual relationships.’
‘One must help them to see that their relationship is not God’s plan. We cannot change that plan but we can remember that God is infinitely merciful.’