Bishops urge homosexuals to "come out in the open" but calls same-sex intercourse "wrong"

Catholic bishops have invited lesbian, gay and bisexual people to "come out in the open," according to the website of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

At the Philippine launch of the book Homosexuality and the Catholic Church on Tuesday, Archbishop Oscar Cruz said, "Don’t condemn those who (have) a different sexual orientation. One, they did not choose it. Second, it is possible (to) redeem themselves from it. Third, a good number of them are just behaving that way but they are not acting on their sexual orientation."

Cruz added that he has no problem with cross dressers but he said it is wrong for a "homosexual (to go) into partnership with another homosexual." According to ABS-CBN News, Cruz’s statement covers same-sex intercourse.

In response, gay activist Jonas Bagas told ABS-CBN News, "It is discrimination." The vice chair of The Library Foundation added, "Parang sinasabi mo sa isang pari na ’wag kang magdasal, ’wag kang magmisa. Ang natural ay kung anong nararamdaman mo, kung anong nasa loob mo. ’Pag pinipigilan ka, ang pagpigil ’yong unnatural act."

("It’s like banning a priest from praying and holding mass. What you feel inside is natural; what’s unnatural is being told to refrain from acting on your feelings.")

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