CBCP-ECFL pushes for creation of ministry on same sex attraction in all Dioceses

MANILA — The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (CBCP-ECFL) is pushing for the creation of a Ministry on same sex attraction in all dioceses all over the country.

According to Bishop Gilbert Garcera, chairman of the CBCP-ECFL, putting up such office in the diocese would enable the Church to explain its stand on same sex relation.

He added that the Church would be able to describe the importance of marriage, which should only be between man and a woman, and not for man and man or woman and woman unions.

“Main objective na maging malinaw sa mga tao kung ano ang stand ng simbahan tungkol sa matrimony, ang kalagayan ng identity ng tao at marinig ang napakaraming kuwento sa pagbabago ng buhay ng mga kapatid nating nasa same sex attraction,” he said in an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas.

Garcera added, “Hindi ito sakit o problema in a sense sa buhay. Ang kinakailangan is to accompany these people specially sa human weakness natin.”

The Daet prelate cited the Amores Laeticia (The Joy of Life) statement of Pope Francis, urging the faithful to respect, to help them when they are weak and not to condemn them.

“Ang mahalaga po na sa mga Diocese na may response tayo sa same sex attraction na tinatawag na gay and lesbian na inaalagaan ng simbahan ng mga parokya at diocese ang mga taong ito,” he said.

The official of the CBPC-ECFL added. “Kaya ang mga Dioceses over the Philippines to help to assist them in the sense of welcome, in the sense of integration, in the sense of understanding and a sense of accompaniment sa mga taong ito.”

Amoris laetitia is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation by the Holy Father which was released on April 8, 2016.

The Catholic Church has stated that it is against the homosexual act and not the person.

On the other hand, according to Laylo, a US based survey, seven out of 10 Filipinos are against same sex marriage or 70 percent are not in favor of making such union legal in the country. PNA/northboundasia.com