Archbishop of Glasgow: Labour MP David Cairns died because he was gay
By GEORGE EATON - NEWSTATEMAN
Added: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:20:29 UTC
To suggest that Cairns died of anything other than pancreatitis is as bizarre as it is insulting.
Archbishop of Glasgow-elect Philip Tartaglia.
Catholic bishop Philip Tartaglia hasn't even taken up his new post as Archbishop of Glasgow yet, but he's already facing calls for his resignation. It's emerged that in a recent speech (11 April) at a religious conference at Oxford University he accused society of being "very quiet" about "the relationship between the physical and mental health of gay men". He went on to suggest that the premature death of Labour MP David Cairns last year was partly due to his homosexuality.
Tartaglia said (fast forward to 1:03:29 for the comments):
If what I have heard is true about the relationship between the physical and mental health of gay men, if it is true, then society is being very quiet about it.
Recently in Scotland, there was a gay Catholic MP who died at the age of 44 or so, and nobody said anything, and why should his body just shut down at that age?
Obviously he could have had a disease that would have killed anybody.
But you seem to hear so many stories about anger at 'hurtful and ignorant' comments, this kind of thing, but society won't address it.
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