Cardinal to Ricky Martin: Stop Promoting Homosexuality

He should 'set an example' for his children, cardinal says

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 14, 2011 9:22 AM CDT | Updated Apr 14, 2011 10:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a fan of Ricky Martin's "artistic gifts," but he sure wishes the singer would stop promoting homosexuality. In an interview with Primera Hora published last week and picked up yesterday by On Top magazine and Perez Hilton, Martinez added, "Please, for the love of his children, for whom I imagine he wants the best, try to set an example to our youth of the great values we all share, besides sex.”

Further: " The Roman Catholic church does not reject the homosexual [but] their immoral actions and behaviors, and trying to promote homosexuality or sexual promiscuity among our youth, indeed, is immoral regardless of where it comes from.”

Puerto Rico's Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez attends a mass celebrated by Brazilian Cardinal Eugenio Sales de Araujo in St Peter's Basilica at Vatican12 April 2005.
Puerto Rico's Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez attends a mass celebrated by Brazilian Cardinal Eugenio Sales de Araujo in St Peter's Basilica at Vatican12 April 2005.   (Getty Images)
Ricky Martin gestures while signing autographs  in Mexico City, Tuesday, April 5, 2011.  Ricky is presenting his new album  Musica Alma Sexo.
Ricky Martin gestures while signing autographs in Mexico City, Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Ricky is presenting his new album "Musica Alma Sexo."   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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