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Fri 27 Jul, 2012
By Robert Ingham

a link between same-sex sexual practice and early death

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Peter Kearney, who is director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, has made claims that homosexuality "leads to early death".

Speaking on STV's current affairs programme Scotland Tonight, Mr Kearney continued saying that there was medical research supporting his comments of "a link between same-sex sexual practice and early death".

This comes shortly after the the Archbishop-elect of Glasgow, Bishop Philip Tartaglia, was forced to apologise to the relatives of late Inverclyde MP David Cairns after suggesting his death could have been linked to his homosexuality.

Mr Kearney continued: "That's not something that the Catholic Church believes; there is an overwhelming body of medical evidence to suggest that.

One study has shown that the life expectancy of a practising homosexual man will be reduced by something between 12 and 20 years." He then went on to say that it "is hazardous, is harmful and is dangerous."

David Cairns, a Labour MP, was a practising Catholic and who was the first Catholic Priest to become an MP, died in hospital following acute pancreatis in 2011, aged just 44.

The David Cairns foundation stated: ""David died in tragic circumstances due to complications arising from acute pancreatitis. A gallstone blocked his pancreatic tract leading to further infection acquired during the two months he spent in hospital prior to his death.

"To suggest that his death was in some way connected to his sexuality is totally erroneous and made purely for political gain to somehow influence the debate on Equal Marriage."

Calling Mr Kearney's claims "scurrilous", the LGBT equality campaigners have also criticised Mr Kearney, accusing him of "peddling nonsense".

A spokesman for the Archbishop-elect has apologised, saying there was no offence or judgement intended.

As for Mr Kearney, it may take some time for there to be calm after this storm.


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