Javier Lozano Barragan served as the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers.
In the 1970s, he was president of the Mexican Theological Society and director of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference’s Theological Pastoral Institute (CELAM).
In 1979, Pope John Paul II named Barragán an auxiliary bishop of Mexico City. He was a member of the Pontifical University of Mexico’s leadership council from 1982 to 1985 in this capacity.
From 1985 to 1996, Barragán was the bishop of the Diocese of Zacatecas in central Mexico. He also joined the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples during this time.
In 1996, Pope John Paul II summoned Barragán to Rome to serve as president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers in the Roman Curia, and in January 1997, he was elevated to archbishop.
In 2003, Pope John Paul II made him a cardinal. Barragán took part in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI less than two years later.
What Did Javier Lozano Barragán Say About Homosexuals And Transsexuals?
Homosexuals and transsexuals, according to Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, “shall never join the kingdom of heaven.”
Being gay is an “insult to God,” according to Cardinal Barragan of Mexico, but discrimination against gays and transsexuals should not be tolerated.
“People are not born homosexual, they become homosexual, for different reasons: education issues or because they did not develop their own identity during adolescence,” the cardinal said.
“It may not be their fault, but acting against nature and the dignity of the human body is an insult to God.”