July 4, 2016 at 10:11 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Pope Francis accepts anti-LGBT Dominican cardinal’s resignation
Cardenal Nicolás de Jesús López, Gay News, Washington Blade

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons by Starus)

The Vatican announced on Monday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo.

The Holy See said in a statement that the pontiff has named Monsignor Francisco Ozoria Acosta of the Diocese of San Pedro de Macorís as López’s successor.

López has repeatedly used homophobic slurs to describe gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James “Wally” Brewster.

López told reporters during a 2015 press conference that Brewster should “go back to his embassy” and “stick to housework, since he is a man’s wife.” The cardinal in 2013 referred to Brewster — who is married to Bob Satawake — as a “faggot” after President Obama nominated him to become the next American ambassador to the predominantly Catholic country.

Neither the Vatican nor the Dominican government has publicly rebuked López over his comments.

“I would hope that the Vatican — as we would not do that with their officials — would understand and condemn those types of words to any official with any government, but especially with one of their strongest allies, which is the United States, and to the president’s personal representative in the country,” Brewster told the Washington Blade in March during an exclusive interview at the State Department.

The Vatican announced López’s resignation a day after Brewster and thousands of others took part in Santo Domingo’s annual Pride celebration.

“I feel a great peace of mind,” Cristian King of Trans Siempre Amigos, a Dominican advocacy group, told the Blade on Monday.

Deivis Ventura, a prominent LGBT activist who ran for a seat in the lower house of the Dominican Congress in May, noted to the Blade that Osoria is a “black bishop” who “has fought for migrants.”

López supported the Dominican government’s plan to legalize undocumented immigrants — the majority of whom are Haiti — that sparked controversy in the Caribbean country and around the world.

“Monsignor Osoria is a man who is known for his moderation and prudence in the management of religious and social issues,” Ventura told the Blade. “I am sure that this man will show a distinct vision of the church.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • Uhm, all the tabloid jazz aside, this prelate resigned because he turned 80. They all do it. It’s called retirement.

    • First off fools like yourself and the cult (that jumps into every thread on the internet where they google the word GAY) need to get a life!
      If you want to see gay every day take a good long look in the mirror every morning. This Cardinal is a loud mouth homophobe (and I am sure as in cases like yourself and numerous others he is a loud mouth SELF LOATHING HOMOPHOBE). The State Department and U.S. Senators have criticized this ignorant hierarch for his ignorant comments about gays. He is such a fool that he openly praised the Vatican Nuncio to the Dominican Republic after he had reported the same individual to the Vatican for child abuse. Thinking Catholics who follow JESUS don’t need loud mouth SELF LOATHING HOMOPHOBES to add their twist to anything that comes out of Francis I SJ Vatican!

    • “I think that the church not only should apologize……to a gay person whom it offended, but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to the children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work.”
      Christians, he reiterated, “must ask forgiveness, not just say sorry.”


      All of you self loathing homophobes that like to play saints on the internet need to get in line and ask for that forgiveness.

    • What tabloid jazz? He said the things cited. The article seemed quite factual. And no one said he didn’t retire because of his age.

      You’re the one stirring things up; You’re the tabloid.

    • Uhm, first off, the age at which diocesan bishops are required to submit a letter of resignation to the Pope isn’t 80, it’s 75. But more importantly, the Pope is not required to accept the resignation immediately; he can and does just sit on it until later, sometimes many years later, if he wants to keep a bishop in place. This one was accepted at the earliest opportunity. The Pope wants him gone.

    • Um, no. He didn’t resign because of age, as he won’t be ‘catholic church’ retirement age of 80 until October 31, 2016. And cardinals don’t submit retirement papers until AFTER they reach retirement age (days usually, but not before 80 if that is the ONLY reason expressed).

      And the Pope doesn’t necessarily accept a resignation for days, weeks, or even years after someone reaches retirement age.

      If you are so into discussing religion (while mixing in inaccuracies), there are lots of sites on the Internet that will allow you to do so, but this is not one of them.

      • You are dead wrong. ALL BISHOPS of the Catholic church must submit a resignation at age 75 and it is accepted. CARDINALS are allowed to stay until age 80–the same was done with Cardinal O’Connor of New York. Now that the Cardinal reached age 80 he absolutely had to go. Similarly, cardinals can only vote in conclaves until age 80.

    • The Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic used his position to rape little boys in the Dominican Republic. Perhaps, the Vatican saw the danger in the Cardinal dragging the sex lives of ambassadors into the press.


  • Isn’t ironic that a man who wears what some may argue looks like a dress should condemn gay men?

  • I just had some dry morsel cuz I felt so hungry, guys. Still thanks for that little support, I don’t starve.

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