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Dominican cardinal scolds gay diplomat

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A Dominican cardinal upset over comments that the US ambassador made about corruption in his country has said the openly gay diplomat should focus on homemaking.

Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez spoke out against US Ambassador James ''Wally'' Brewster in a meeting with reporters late Tuesday following a Mass.

''That man needs to go back to his embassy,'' he said. ''Let him focus on housework, since he's the wife to a man.''

Lopez also accused Brewster of promoting a gay rights agenda on Dominican soil.

Brewster did not immediately return a message asking for comment. He became the seventh US ambassador in history to be openly gay when appointed two years ago.

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Lopez's comments come about a week after Brewster criticized corruption in the Dominican Republic and accused police officers of threatening and assaulting several US investors who were attending a conference organized by the local government.

''Imagine the horror I felt when I got a call from one of them, telling me they had been stopped by a uniformed police officer, that they had a weapon pointed at them and that they were forced to turn over their wallets,'' Brewster said last week.

Lopez also criticized Brewster for saying that those who feel the US embassy is too involved in Dominican affairs should return their US visa. He said he would be honored and satisfied to do so.

Associated Press