Anti-discrimination bill may justify gay marriage: CBCP official

According to Secillano, the Church cannot go against God by “merely succumbing to social pressures.”

Philippines
March 13 2015, 5:03 PM
Anti-discrimination bill may justify gay marriage: CBCP official
Fr. Jerome R. Secillano

An official of the Catholic hierarchy in the Philippines has expressed fear that the “Anti-Discrimination Bill” being deliberated in Congress could eventually lead to the recognition of same-sex unions in the future.

In an interview with CBCP News, Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (PCPA), explained that while supporting measures that mandate equal treatment for all, the Church is concerned about such measures having far-reaching implications which may later prove contrary to Church doctrines and other Biblical teachings.

“We have to accept that marriage as ordained by God in the Bible is between a man and a woman. There is no way that the Church can change this. As an institution founded by Christ, her primordial role is to reinforce and protect what Christ himself taught,” he said.

According to Secillano, the Church cannot go against God by “merely succumbing to social pressures” or by “adhering to some philosophies based on worldly humanism which detaches people from their dependence on Him.”

Commenting on the pastoral moral guidance CBCP chief Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan issued recently, he pointed out the Church has always been against any form of discrimination given that she has always stood for human rights and dignity.

The priest, who also heads Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish in Sampaloc, stressed the Church is morally obliged to extend charity to people who are discriminated against due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, and pastors are duty-bound to show compassion and “a great deal of understanding” in upholding the welfare of those who experience this.

Fr Secillano said what the Church rejects are not gay people themselves, but homosexual acts, just as she decries sexual relations between a man and woman not married to each other.

Source: CBCP News