One of the difficulties facing the Church is the phenomenon of homosexuality. It is a rather sensitive topic which elicits strong emotions from both sides.
Javier Cardinal Lozano Barragán, a now-retired Mexican cardinal who until recently headed the Vatican’s pontifical commission on healthcare, recently made comments which angered many gays and lesbians. He is quoted by the Italian church blog Pontifex Roma as stating that “transsexuals and homosexuals will never enter the kingdom of heaven, and it is not I who says it, but St. Paul” (trans e omosessuali non enterrano il Regno dei Cieli, e non lo dico io, ma San Paolo). While the Cardinal did go on to state that the orientation itself was not sinful, the acts themselves are. However, he stated that “those who act against the dignity of the body certainly will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (ma agendo contro la dignità del corpo, certamente non enterrano il Regno dei Cieli).
If you want to read the account in Italian, you can click here.
The Holy See’s press office was not happy with the rather blunt statement of the Cardinal. They do point out that the Church’s teachings on sexuality are nuanced and cannot be adequately expressed in a couple of sound bites.