Being gay ”is hazardous, is harmful, and is dangerous,” at least according to a senior Catholic Church official in Scotland.
Peter Kearney, director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, tried to blame the death of the 44-year-old former Scotland Office minister David Kearns, who died of pancreatitis triggered by gallstones, on his homosexuality.
He said: “There has been, as was suggested by the questioner at that lecture, a conspiracy of silence around the vast array of medical evidence that exists to suggest that same-sex behaviour is hazardous, is harmful, and is dangerous.
“The wider question really is, as a society, why don’t we debate that; why don’t we have that discussion? Why don’t we look at it in the same way, for example, that we’ve been happy to look at how smoking, how alcohol, how overeating, how drug addiction can cause harms to people’s health?”
Mr Kearney went on to insist that medical studies had shown that homosexual conduct shortened life expectancy by up to 20 years. He added that it was not “compassionate” to ignore these studies.
He said: “There is a link between same-sex sexual practice and early death. That’s not something that the Catholic Church believes; there is an overwhelming body of medical evidence to suggest that. One study has shown that the life expectancy of a practising homosexual man will be reduced by something between 12 and 20 years.
“We only need to imagine the complex infections, diseases and illnesses that are caused. I think we’re all aware of it. We tend to indulge ourselves in a willful fantasy that there are no dangers, that it’s not harmful.
Kearney later found himself forced to apologize to Cairn’s family, but not without a lot of public outrage. Cairn’s partner, Dermot Kehoe, has requested that Kearney be forced to resign, saying, “It is beyond belief that a man of God can come out with something as ridiculous and hurtful as that. He is not fit for public office.
On a related note, it looks like Scotland could become the first UK country to legalize gay marriage.