(The Local) The pope's new Spanish cardinal told a Spanish newspaper on Sunday that homosexuality was a physical "defect" like high blood pressure and that many gays could be cured with "proper treatment".
"Homosexuality is a defective manner of expressing sexuality, because this [sex] has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation," Fernando Sebastián told Spanish local daily Diario Sur.
"A homosexual who can't achieve this [procreation] is failing," said the man who will take up office in the Vatican as Spain's newest cardinal in February.
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The 85-year-old then went on to compare his own hypertension with the defect of homosexuality.