The next Vatican Archbishop of Glasgow will be Philip Tartaglia.
It has emerged that earlier this year Bishop Tartaglia spoke about Mr Cairns, a former Scotland Office minister who died of acute pancreatitis last May. At a conference at Oxford University in April he said: 'If what I have heard is true about the relationship between the physical and mental health of gay men, if it is true then society is being 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 that would have killed anybody. But you seem to hear so many stories about this kind of thing, but society won’t address it.'
Mr Cairns’s partner, Dermot Kehoe, hit out at the archbishop-elect’s comments, accusing him of using the personal tragedy of the MP’s death to make a political point about same-sex marriage. Mr Kehoe also said the 'deeply painful' remarks added to the grief and pain felt by him and Mr Cairns’ family.
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