Well, well, well. It seems that if you are a homosexual you will not be welcome in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo if the very reverand Cardinal has his way. Truely amazing. He calls homosexuals, IN GENERAL, degenerates. No wonder gay people worldwide are leaving the Catholic Church in droves. Personally, we will see what the government does. People have been asking us about DIH3. There will be an event, however we are not sure if we want to return to the Dominican Republic with our guests. Perhaps it would be better if we take our hundreds of thousands of dollars to another country that does not follow the lead of such a man. Perhaps it is just a press opportunity needed to build up the morale of the religious right...God knows it has worked in other places but I for one take it as a personal insult to me as an American, a tourist and a man who has tried to help the City of Santo Domingo. I just hope the business' of the Colonial Zone just sit down and take this. Stay tuned to the Monaga Blog. I am sure Anthony will have alot to say on this one. In the meantime, check out www.bahianheat.com for a alternative to your vacation in DR.
Here is his statement as reported in Listin Diario and translated via Google translator.
SANTO DOMINGO. - The cardinal Nicholas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez protested that the authority in the Colonial Zone is applied and that removes to the "homosexuals", because we did not need those you damage social in this historical city. "So here, homosexuals, do not have anything to look for. That they remain in Europe or the United States. We did not need those you damage social, we did not need them; I understand that this country to be showing spectacles, that take them all, removes them to all from aqui ' ", declared. "we cannot allow that this place, historical center of Santo Domingo, becomes a patrimony of degenerated foreign and Dominican", said, after understanding that the Colonial Zone is not a brothel and that their monuments and the people who live alí deserve the respect of all. The archbishop of Santo Domingo also exhorted to the authorities to prevent that the delinquents seize of the streets and to multiply the amount of members of the Police, to guarantee "the supreme good of citizen La Paz". The Cardinal spoke with the journalists after heading a mass in the Prioritized Cathedral of America, by the conclusion of the courses of formation of the eighth and ninth promotion of monitoring agents and penitentiary treatment, that carries out the General Office of the judge advocate general of the Republic. The religious act they attended the temporary solicitor, Espiñeira Robert; the director of the Penitentiary School, Robert Santana, and the director of Prisons, general Juan Ramon de la Cruz Martinez. Reprinted from Listin Diario Online and translated by Google http://translate.google.com/translate?sourceid=navclient&hl=en&u=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2elistin%2ecom%2edo%2f