The Philippines, which has recently been ranked as one of the most gay-friendly nations in the world, is about to get some “spiritual” intervention from the nation’s Catholic leadership.
The Catholic Church in the Philippines, which was about to reaffirm its stand against same-sex union, dubbed same-sex attraction among homosexual individuals as “human weakness.”
The religion’s hierarchical organization, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, has recently announced that it “will be forming a ministry in each diocese that would tackle the issue of same-sex attraction,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports.
“Our main objective is to make it clear to the public that the Church’s stand is on matrimony, the importance of one’s identity and to listen to the life-changing stories of our brothers and sisters who were attracted to the same sex,” Daet Bishop Gilbert Garcera, chair of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life was quoted as saying.
The Catholic members who experience same sex attraction “will be taken care of by our parishes and dioceses.”
“This is not an illness or problem in a sense. What is needed is to accompany these people, especially in their human weakness,” he said.
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The predominantly Catholic country, which is considered as the most gay-friendly in Asia, has a significant gay and lesbian population. The LGBT community in the Philippines possesses a distinctive culture, but is currently enjoying limited legal rights. While generally tolerated, gays and lesbians in Filipino society still experience widespread discrimination.
There are still no existing laws pertaining to same-sex marriage or unions in the Philippines.