Catholic priest praises Pope Francis for his attitude toward gay people

MANILA — A Filipino Catholic priest has said the statement of Pope Francis that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from gay people for the way they treated them shows the Holy Father’s humility.

“The humility of the Pope is once again evident when he apologized for the church’s treatment of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT),” said Fr. Jerome Secillano of the Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish in Sampaloc, Manila.

However, he noted that the Pontiff’s request for forgiveness is not connected with the Church’s principle on homosexuality.

“But it has to be emphasized that the Pope’s apology is not in anyway related with the doctrine of the Church on homosexuality,” said the Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Public Affairs Committee (CBCP-PAC).

Secillano added that the Pope’s testimony indicates that LGBT should be regarded with admiration and kindness.

“What the apology implies is that homosexuals should also be treated with respect and compassion and with high regard for their dignity as human beings,” he said.

On Sunday, Pope Francis said the public should ask forgiveness from gay people for how they had treated them.

The Church is against the (homosexual) act and not the person. PNA /