A cardinal has issued a formal apology after condemning same-sex marriage and gay sex, including saying a man’s anus was not ‘designed to receive’.
Norberto Rivera Carrera was reacting to President Enrique Peña Nieto’s May announcement he wanted to officially recognize same-sex marriage nationwide.
In June, Mexico’s Supreme Court said every civil state authority should ‘recognize marriage as a human right and that people can enter into marriage without any kind of discrimination’.
However, the ruling was not legally binding for all states. This has led to protests in multiple cities across the country from homophobic groups speaking out against marriage equality.
Carrera called the marriage equality bill a ‘terrible stab in the back’ and urged LGBT Mexicans to ‘abstain from having sex in the Catholic weekly Desde La Fe.
‘A man’s anus is not designed to receive,’ he wrote.
But after this was widely mocked by LGBT activists and liberal politicians, he has issued an apology to the LGBT community on behalf of the Archdiocese of Mexico.
‘If at some point I have used inadequate expressions,’ he said. ‘Know that it was not my intention to offend’.
The cardinal said he accepted people with ‘attraction to the same sex’ in churches and he recognized that priests do not know everything.
‘Priests shouldn’t be expected to know all that there is to know; many times, they must also be taught about a topic.’