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Catholic Bishop of Santo Domingo: U.S. Ambassador Isn’t ‘An Ambassador, He’s a Gay Activist’

Michael W. Chapman | May 5, 2016 | 3:21pm EDT
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Auxiliary Bishop Victor Messalles,

left, meets with Pope Francis at the

Vatican.  (Image: Twitter) 

The Catholic bishop of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Victor Messalles, said the U.S. ambassador there, James “Wally” Brewster, was “not an ambassador” but “a gay activist” who is hurting the nation and trying to take away its “right to national self-determination.”

Ambassador Brewster is an open homosexual who lives at the U.S. embassy in the Dominican Republic with his gay “husband” Bob Satawake.  Brewster has a long history of LGBT activism with the Human Rights Campaign and the LGBT Leadership Council for the Democratic National Committee. He was sworn in as ambassador to the Dominican Republic in November 2013.

Victor Messalles, the auxiliary bishop of Santo Domingo, made his remarks in a recent interview with the online Catholic news site Crux.

Concerning Wally Bewster, “He’s not an ambassador, he’s a gay activist and we’re suffering [from] him as a nation, as a culture, as a country that has its own uses and customs, and its own laws,” said Bishop Messalles.

“He’s trying to take [away] our right to national self-determination,” said the bishop.

Ambassador James "Wally" Brewster, left, and

his "husband" Bob Satawake. (AP) 

The Catholic prelate further said, “The problem is not with Brewster [personally], nor with the fact that he’s gay, but with the fact that he’s going beyond his responsibilities to promote a personal agenda. He’s abusing power.”

According to Crux, the embassy headed by Ambassador Brewster has been distributing money to gay rights groups in the Dominican Republic “as part of the State Department’s initiative to advance gay and transgender rights abroad.”

This, along with other liberal initiatives, is a form of “cultural imperialism,” or what Pope Francis calls “ideological colonization,” said Bishop Messalles.

The United States and Ambassador Brewster “have a problem,” said the bishop, and that is an “inability to understand that the Dominican Republic has a different scale of priorities on its agenda, beginning with fighting poverty.” 

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