(SPOT.ph) In light of the recent same-sex mass wedding ceremony held in Baguio City over the weekend, Roman Catholic Bishop Teodoro Bacani said that the pastors responsible should be prosecuted and revoked of their licenses, reports ABS-CBN News.
Bacani, a staunch anti-Reproductive Health Bill supporter, said, "Pwedeng i-prosecute 'yong pastor for doing something illegal. Sigurado ako wala iyan marriage license. Pwede rin i-revoke ang lisensya ng nagkasal (It's possible to prosecute the pastor for doing something illegal. I'm sure they didn't issue marriage licenses. It's also possible to revoke their license to wed)." The pastors who officiated the gay weddings were from the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), a protestant church located in Quezon City, Makati, and Baguio.
Describing the gay marriages, Bacani said "Napangitan ako talaga, kadiri, para tayong gaya-gaya puto-maya. Laban ito sa salita ng Diyos (I found it distasteful and disgusting, and we're just being copycats. This is against the Word of God)." He also advised people against attending gay weddings because such events are "against moral grounds." The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines also deemed the weddings an "insult."
In previous reports, however, lawyer Clara Rita Padilla clarified that while the marriages would not be recognized civilly, there is nothing illegal about them. In an interview with GMA News, Padilla said, "Mali ang simbahan na hindi siya marriage o union (The Church is wrong in saying that it's not a marriage or union)." She also said that conducting the weddings were within MCC’s religious rights.