Mexico City Governor Seeks Punitive Action against Cardinal for 'Homophobia'
From Life Site News:
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent
MEXICO CITY, August 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Mexico City Chief of Government Marcelo Ebrard and other members of his party have filed complaints against several representatives of the Catholic Church in Mexico for "homophobia" and "moral damage" following criticisms of the city's new homosexual "marriage" and adoption laws.
The complaints stem from comments made earlier this week by Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, accusing Ebrard and international pro-abortion groups of "feeding" (i.e. bribing) nine Supreme Court justices who voted to approve homosexual "marriage" as constitutional, and to impose it on all of Mexico's 31 states.
Diocesan spokesman Fr. Hugo Valdemar is also being charged along with Sandoval Iñiguez, apparently for his recent statements accusing Ebrard of creating "laws that are destructive to the family, that cause worse damage than narcotrafficking." In addition, a complaint has been filed against the Cardinal Archbishop of Mexico City, Norberto Rivera Carrera, for reasons unstated in the Mexican media.
Ebrard and his political allies are making their complaints in a variety of agencies and courts, picking venues inside of socialist-dominated Mexico City itself as well as left-leaning federal organisms that will be more likely to rule in his favor. They include the Superior Court of Justice of Mexico City, the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District, the National Commission to Prevent Discrimination, and the Federal Electoral Institute. The cases could last five months or longer.
However, Sandoval Íñiguez and Valdemar remain defiant. The cardinal has continued his refusal to retract his statements, as demanded by Ebrard, while Valdemar has responded to the charges by denouncing the "new religious persecution" motivated by "intolerance, hatred, and viscerality" which could "unleash a war in the country." He defends his comparison to the drug trade by noting that, while the war with narcotraffickers has caused 28,000 deaths so far, the legalization of abortion has caused the deaths of 42,000 unborn children.
"For that reason I said that his laws were pernicious, perverse, and do worse damage than organized crime. I don't have anything more to demonstrate, that is what I affirm and maintain it using information from his (Ebrard's) own government," Valdemar said.