Bishops mull pastoral care for same sex attracted persons

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MANILA, Sept. 16, 2016— A Catholic bishop said dioceses across country will be establishing a spiritual support system for men and women with same sex attraction (SSA).

Bishop Gilbert Garcera, chairman of the bishops’ Commission on Family and Life, said it is the role of the Church  to provide “pastoral accompaniment” to members who experience same sex attraction, as well as to their families.

“It is important for the dioceses to have a response to same sex attraction and for the Church to show that we take care of them,” said the prelate over Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas.

“That’s why the dioceses all over the Philippines will help to assist them in the sense of welcoming, integration, understanding, and accompaniment for them,” he said.

The bishop of Daet in Camarines Sur said the Church must also strive to present Catholic doctrine on authentic sexuality in its fullness.

“Another objective is to clarify the Church’s stand on matrimony, homosexuality and also for the people to know the stories of transformation in the lives of some persons with same sex attraction,” he added. (CBCPNews) 

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