Peruvian Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani accused Congressman Carlos Bruce of introducing a civil unions bill to “justify his [sexual] orientation.”

Bruce, a divorced father of two sons, is an outspoken supporter of gay rights.

During an appearance over the weekend on RPP Noticias (RPP News), Cipriani, the leader of the Peruvian Roman Catholic Church, reiterated his claim that civil unions make a “caricature of marriage" – saying that gay couples can achieve similar goals through legal contracts – and suggested that Bruce is gay.

“It doesn't seem to me that we have named congressmen in order to justify their own [sexual] orientation,” said Cipriani, also the bishop of Lima.

“I regret that … [the cardinal] is bringing up personal matters … I will not answer such vileness,” Bruce, a popular political figure in Peru, reportedly said in response.

The day after Cipriani's remarks, the tabloid La Razon's front page screamed: “Cipriani Pulls Bruce Out Of The Closet.”

(Related: Will it be civil unions for gay couples in Peru?)