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Pope’s new Spanish Cardinal: Gays have a ‘defect’ and can be ‘cured’

Pope’s new Spanish Cardinal: Gays have a ‘defect’ and can be ‘cured’

Pope Francis has elected a new Cardinal who has called homosexuality a ‘defect’ that can be ‘cured’.

Fernando Sebastián, the Archbishop of Pamplona, equated people being gay to his own blood pressure.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper Diario Sur, he said; ‘Homosexuality is a defective manner of expressing sexuality, because [sex] has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.

‘A homosexual who can’t achieve this [procreation] is failing.’

He added: ‘Our bodies have many defects. I have high blood pressure.’

Sebastián said calling homosexuality a defect was ‘not an insult’, but instead helpful.

‘[It is] possible to recover and become normal with the right treatment,’ he said.

The 85-year-old will take up his post in the Vatican as Spain’s newest cardinal in February.

Pope Francis is largely seen as a far more positive figure for gay rights than his predecessor Benedict XVI, who once called gay people a ‘defection of human nature’.

But while Francis has said ‘who am I to judge?’ gay people, Sebastián said the Pope agrees with his views.

‘It’s one thing to be compassionate towards a homosexual person and another thing to morally justify the practice of that homosexuality,’ he said.

‘You can tell a person what their weakness is but that doesn’t justify [a decision] to respect them and help them. I think that’s the Pope’s position as with gay marriage and divorce.’