December 2, 2015 at 11:53 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Dominican cardinal calls married gay U.S. ambassador ‘wife’

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U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James “Wally” Brewster, left, and his husband, Bob Satawake, at their official residence in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in June 2015. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Dominican LGBT rights advocates have blasted a Catholic cardinal for referring to the married gay U.S. ambassador to their country as a “wife.”

Listín Diario, a Dominican newspaper, reported that Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo made the comment about James “Wally” Brewster on Tuesday during a press conference with reporters.

“This man needs to go back to his embassy,” said López. “He should stick to housework, since he is a man’s wife.”

Brewster married his longtime partner, Bob Satawake, in 2013 on the same day that Vice President Biden swore him in as ambassador.

Listín Diario reported that López reiterated his previous criticisms that the U.S. sent Brewster to the predominantly Catholic country in order to promote an LGBT-specific agenda.

Cardinal previously used anti-gay slur to describe ambassador

López made his comments less than a week after Brewster publicly criticized corruption in the Dominican Republic.

The Archdiocese of Santo Domingo did not respond to the Washington Blade’s request for comment. Brewster and Satawake discussed López’s comments in an interview with a Dominican television station that is scheduled to air on Thursday.

The outspoken cardinal in 2013 referred to Brewster as a “faggot” during a Santo Domingo press conference. López has also described gay tourists who visit the Dominican capital’s old city as “social trash” and “degenerates.”

“The ecclesiastical representation of the Catholic Church in the Dominican Republic continues to perpetuate homophobia in the country, and violence against women by relegating them to housework,” Rosanna Marzan, director of Diversidad Dominicana, a Dominican LGBT advocacy group, told the Blade on Wednesday in an email. “This man [López] should stop meddling in the private affairs of people, with his continuous speech that perpetuates discrimination against people of a different sexuality.”

Deivis Ventura, coordinator of the Amigos Siempre Amigos Network of Volunteers, a Dominican advocacy group, is a candidate for the Santo Domingo Municipal Council.

He echoed Marzan’s criticisms of López.

“He uses rhetorical expressions to demonstrate his opposition to the U.S. ambassador’s pronouncements,” Ventura told the Blade on Wednesday. “[His] insulting words show his lack of understanding of his role as a pastor in the Catholic church.”

Brewster is one of six openly gay ambassadors who represent the U.S. overseas.

“One of the key things that I want to continue to focus on as Bob and I have is to show that we’re a loving couple and we are gay,” Brewster told the Blade in June during an interview at his official residence in Santo Domingo as Satawake listened. “We are out there talking about relationships, talking about our faith and really representing the American people in a way that I think continues to promote our values.”

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Cardenal Nicolás de Jesús López Ródriguez of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons by Starus)

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26 Comments
  • How many child molesters is he hiding? scumbag – and bet pope francis wont put him in the dustbin of history. He did at least with cardinal keith obrien who was doing in appropriate touching and worse. Obrien lived in scotland and his malfeasance helped lead to a 105 to 18 vote for = marrriage in scotland last year

  • Our gilded gal cleric, Cardenal Nicolás de Jesús López Ródriguez, of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo, has issues. Is that a feather duster in his right hand? He wouldn’t be my first choice for babysitter.

  • LONG LIVE OUR CARDINAL LOPEZ RODRIGUEZ!, Brewstwr insulted all Dominicans saying he had right to meddle in the Dominican issues and those who dont agree return the US visas.

    • Shut up, idiot-a gay man calling another gay man a woman is moronic

    • So you say Brewstwr insulted your cardinal. I honestly can’t say if he did or not, though it seems to me the fact that we are alive is considered an insult to him. But let’s just say he did. Are you saying that Jesus taught that when one says or does something insulting you should take it up a notch and insult them more? I know you monotheists believe that respect is only due to you and other people aren’t even deserving of live, but are you really sure that’s what Jesus taught. Unlike many Christians and Catholics, I’ve read the bible, and that’s not what he said. I guess, “turn the other cheek” only applies to the other person.

      • Our Blessed Lord called people sinners, sons of Satan, brood of vipers, sons of perdition, men deserving of being drowned in the sea with millstone about their necks, men who would wish they had never been born, whitewashed tombs full of dead men’s bones, weeds among the wheat… Obviously you missed those parts. Or you may have been sick the day that catechism was taught.

        • isn’t it really amazing how all the sins you don’t like are that bad, and the one’s you do every day are okay, and will be forgiven? I am always suspicious of people who’s religions justify their own hate. I mean your people brake all the 10 commandments in the process of fighting us, but that’s okay. The 10 most important laws don’t come close to how important it is to hurt people you find icky.

      • Yeah — well, no … this is a backhanded slur against the Christian beliefs. You may have noticed they sure don’t send any openly gay ambassadors to Muslim countries, particularly those places living under the Sharia that might subject gays to such penalties as flogging or execution. If you want to get upset about other people’s sincerely held beliefs, then at least be consistent!

        • so, a backhanded slurr is worse than a direct verbal assault. It sounds like you Christians need a thicker skin. I mean you consider having to do your job to be oppression. No one is even being killed, no one is being kicked out of their homes, or killed by their parents. No one is even being landed in the hospital. I mean, you’re saying someone’s existence is an offense to you. Frankly, your version of being offended or oppressed sounds like a pretty damned nice and pretty peaceful day off from the realities of being a minority to me. Can I have a day off in your oppression some time? It’d be nice to not hear about another child killed by their parents, driven to suicide, another woman gang raped, or burned alive.

    • Long live!, because he seems to be the only one in the DR who has the cojones to stand up against such despicable form depravity and lifestyle.

  • His Eminence is correct. If the fellow wants to live and act like a woman he should be treated as one. Thank the Lord for a bishop to stand up and shout the truth. The next thing he should do is root out and dismiss all the homosexual priests who are responsible for child rape.

    • youre defending a celibate self hating gay man, you pathetic turd-idiot-=don’t breed

      • How do you know he is a homosexual? That is being awfully judgemental is it not? And, yes, I am a pathetic turd-idiot. God bless you too. And it is too late to request that I not breed, as I am the progenitor of 10 for starters. Probably been breeding since before you were on this planet.

        • because only self hating gay men become priests or cardinals or popes-duuuuh-you think its normal to be celibate? ten? my god, your wife’s vag is just a clown car…yuck

          • I was waiting for the venom and insults. You demons are becoming very tiresome and predictable. Quite bilious and boring.

          • demons? what a silly retard. So glad your pathetic vile kind is dying off in this country. Must be scary huh? Gays and women and blacks now have full equality and you cant do shiit about it. Your own kids think youre a bigoted old dinosaur. Your time is over, shiit stain-now begone! We won this war-there is no reason to even communicate with you-youre beneath contempt.

  • LONG LIVE OUR CARDINAL LOPEZ RODRIGUEZ!

  • wait a sec-that self hating religious gay man called a brave openly gay man a woman? Dude-stfu and stop wearing dresses!!

  • Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo – ANTI GOD NEEDS TO READ BIBLE AND LEARN SOMETHING! ONE HE AND OTHERS MIGHT AS WELL LEARN TO DEAL WITH THE GAYS CAUSE THERE ARE GOING TO BE GAYS IN HEAVEN THAT IS JUST PURE LOGICAL FACT IF YOU BELEIVE IN THE BIBLE AND THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST! THERE ARE LOTS OF BAPTIZED GAYS. UNLESS YOU BELEIVE GOD IS DISCRIMINATING AND LIED ABOUT THE WHOLE FORGIVENESS OF SINS THING!!! AND GOD LIED ABOUT NOT ONE SIN NOT EVEN BEING GAY IS BIGGER THAN CHEATING ON A TEST, OR HAVING SEX WITH A WOMEN ON THEIR PERIOD, OR HAVING SEX BEFORE MARIAGE, OR WEARING CLOTH MADE OF TWO KINDS OF CLOTH OR EATING MEAT RARE, OR LIEING TO YOUR BOSS, UNLESS THE CARDINAL RODRIQUEZ IS PERFECT AND NEVER SINNED HE HAS NO ROOM TO TALK!! HE WHO IS WITH OUT SIN THROW THE FIRST STONE! NOW WE ALL KNOW THE CARDINAL HAS SINNED AND WILL SIN BEFORE HE DIES. IT IS ALSO SAID YOU WILL BE JUDGED AS YOU JUDGED OTHERS AND GIVEN THAT SENTENCE THAT YOU THINK OTHERS SHOULD HAVE FOR THEIR SIN. SO BASICALY IF YA JUDGE AND THINK THE OTHER GUY GOING TO HELL FOR HIS SINS YA MIGHT FIND YOUR THEIR INSTEAD WITH THE OTHER GUY LOOKING DOWN AT YOU FROM HEAVEN! (JUDGE A GAY AND THINK THEY GOING TO HELL WELL THAT GAY GUY MIGHT BE LOOKING DOWN AT YOU FROM HEAVEN WHILE YOU BURN IN HELL) READ YOUR BIBLE WORKING IN CHURCH DONT CHANGE THE RULES THEY STILL APPLY TO THE CARDINAL!

    • Dude, I think your caps lock is on … or is that supposed to give you some special authority? Hate to be the one to break it to you, but WE ALL HAVE CAPS LOCK ON OUR MACHINES!!!

  • Do you feel equally bad for children being raised in the Muslim faith, a religion that generates laws that subject homosexuals to flogging, stoning, or other more creative executions? If you plan on ranting and raving broaden your scope or risk always exposing your own narrow minded prejudices.

    • sure-all religion is abuse. But most people are ok with gays (as opposed to the leaders of said religions)-and every year more countries accept them. Turns out gays are real and gods aren’t. This article is about Catholic bigotry, dumdum-keep up!

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