A Dominican cardinal opposed to gay
rights has described an openly gay U.S. official as a “wife.”
Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez
Rodriguez was among the religious leaders who in 2013 spoke out
against the nomination of James “Wally” Brewster to serve as
ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
On Tuesday, Lopez criticized comments
Brewster made about corruption in the Dominican Republic.
“That man needs to go back to his
embassy,” Lopez told reporters following a Mass. “Let him focus
on housework, since he's the wife to a man.”
Last week, Brewster accused local
police officers of assaulting several U.S. investors attending a
“Imagine the horror I felt when I got
a call from one of them, telling me they had been stopped by a
uniformed police officer, that they had a weapon pointed at them and
that they were forced to turn over their wallets,” the AP quoted
Brewster as saying.
He also accused Brewster of promoting a
gay rights agenda in the Dominican Republic.
In 2013, Lopez
referred to Brewster as a “maricon,” which translates in
English to “faggot,” and said he would “suffer” in the post.