Dominican Republic Bishop Goes After ‘Gay Imperialism’

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by Church Militant  •  •  May 9, 2016   

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By Richard Ducayne

A Catholic bishop in the Dominican Republic has called the openly homosexual U.S. ambassador "a gay activist" and "not an ambassador."

Bishop Victor Messalles, auxiliary bishop of Santo Domingo, recently called out James "Wally" Brewster, appointed by President Obama in 2013 to be ambassador to the Dominican Republic, for aggressively advancing the LGBT agenda.

According to reports, Ambassador Brewster has been funnelling and distributing money to gay rights groups in the Dominican Republic as part of "the State Department's initiative to advance gay and transgender rights abroad." Brewster is "married" to his male partner, Bob Satawake, with whom he makes frequent public appearances.

In response to Brewster's actions, Bp. Messalles said during an interview with a catholic media outlet that Brewster is imposing what Pope Francis calls "ideological colonization" and "cultural imperialism."

"He's not an ambassador," the bishop said, "he's a gay activist and we're suffering him as a nation, as a culture, as a country that has its own uses and customs, and its own laws."

"He's trying to take our right to national self-determination," said the bishop. "The problem is not with Brewster, nor with the fact that he's gay, but with the fact that he's going beyond his responsibilities to promote a personal agenda. He's abusing power."

Bishop Messalles said the ambassador and the United States have an "inability to understand that the Dominican Republic has a different scale of priorities on its agenda, beginning with fighting poverty."

In 2013, when it was announced that Brewster would become the appointee to the Dominican Republic, Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, archbishop of Santo Domingo, said he was shocked that the United States would be represented by what he called a "maricón," which is a slur term for gays. Use of the term led the United States to file a discrimination complaint to the Vatican.

Bishop Messalles came to the defense of the cardinal afterwards, saying, "If you don't allow an old man to express himself like an old man would, then you're undercutting his rights too."

The bishop also accused Brewster of using the official embassy Twitter account to promote his gay agenda, saying he shows "an inability to distinguish his activism with his role as an ambassador."

A tweet on Brewster's account reads: "For those in the Dominican Republic or the United States who want to continue talking from the political or religious pulpit, promoting hatred towards the LGBT or any other marginalized group, (you) should be ashamed."


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