'Ignorant' new Archbishop upsets family of dead gay MP

Jul 25, 2012

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia's comments about the late David Cairns have 'added to family grief'

A NEWLY appointed Catholic Archbishop has been accused of "adding to the grief and pain" of a late MP's friends and family by linking the politician's death to his homosexuality.
Philip Tartaglia was named as Archbishop-elect of Glasgow by Pope Benedict XVI yesterday. On the same day, it was claimed that at an Oxford University conference in April this year Tartaglia had made “anti-gay comments” about David Cairns, Labour MP for Inverclyde.
At the Oxford event, which focused on religious freedom and equality, Tartaglia said: "If what I have heard is true about the relationship between physical and mental health of gay men, if it is true, then society has been 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 his body should just shut down at that age, obviously he could have had a disease which would have killed anyone, but you seem to hear so many stories about this kind of thing. But society won't address it."
Cairns, a former Catholic priest, died in May 2011 at the age of 44 after suffering from acute pancreatitis. Today, his partner for 15 years, Dermot Kehoe, said the Archbishop’s remarks were made in "complete ignorance".
Kehoe told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland that Tartaglia had "implied that David's death was due in some way to his homosexuality and his being gay". He added: "This has not only upset me and David's family, but it [has] added to our grief and pain.”
Tim Harris, MP for Glasgow South and a close friend of Cairns, has written an open letter to the Archbishop, saying his remarks were not only "unsupported by any evidence" but "unworthy" of his position as a leader in the Church.
Tartaglia, who has been an outspoken critic of the Scottish Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage, which were announced today, said he had not meant to cause offence.

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Any rational person would assume that a relatively rare disease such as this would likely be caused by some element of a homosexual lifestyle, unless, trouble is taken to explain why not. Particularly, at a time when there is clear political and 'p.c.' pressure to gloss over uncomfortable truths. We all remember how people with AIDS died of 'pneumonia' or some other 'acceptable' illness in the old days. Unless The Gay Community come out shooting with facts and science, everyone with a brain will assume the bishop hit the nail on the head.

Pancreatitis, rare.

What planet are you on.

Are you contending for 1st prize against the archbishop in ignorance?

"... said he had not meant to cause offence."
Really? .. then perhaps he should just keep his (expletive deleted) mouth firmly shut.
How does this moron explain the death of any in his establishment who has ever died under the age of fifty.
Oh, sorry, none of his members have ever died young.
My bad!!!

yes, i am
i've heard of a lot of diseases, but i'd never heard of this one. googled it . doesn't generally appear to be particularly fatal for the age group. doesnt appear to figure as a leading cause of death. On the assumption you know what youre talking about , i'm holding my breath til you post your killer facts. until someone does this the bish will continue to win the argument confirming the common prejudice that the homsexual lifestyle is unhealthy to the point of fatality. 1.6 to 23 cases per 100,000 ; fatality rate ? vs, say, stroke 150,000 dead per year. if you want to fight ignorance , then do something factual.

Pancreatitis isn't actually that rare. It can be caused by a number of things it just means "inflammation of the pancreas". It could've been cancer, a genetic issue, a nutritional issue, gallstones, an infection....a number of other things. It is also a possible complication in some surgeries and medications. Acute means that the inflammation was sudden. Acute cases of pancreatitis are much more likely to be fatal than chronic ones Maybe you're the one who needs the brain...at least enough of one to keep your mouth shut if you know nothing about the condition you are about to speak about.