MANILA, March 17, 2015—A Filipino Catholic priest has lauded legendary Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for giving what he considers to be the most compelling arguments against same-sex union and other controversial issues connected with gender and sexuality.
In an interview with CBCP News, Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, chief pastor of Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro in Sampaloc, Manila, explained the creative pair behind the luxury clothing line D&G cannot be accused of bias given that they themselves identify as homosexuals.
“They can just simply ride on the bandwagon of support for the LGBT community, but they chose what to me is the most ‘natural’ and rational option; that is, to go against the fad,” he said.
The Italian fashion duo made headlines recently, and became a trending topic on social media, following an interview with Italian magazine Panorama in which they aired their opposition to gay marriage and in vitro fertilization (IVF), stating, “The only family is the traditional one,” and that “Procreation must be an act of love.”
They further noted, “No chemical offspring and rented uterus. Life has a natural flow; there are things that cannot be changed.”
Family not fad
Gabanna pointed out, “The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”
He also told the Daily Mail in 2006, “I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents.”
While he underscored the need to respect gay people in the pursuit of their legal rights, Secillano, who also serves as executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (PCPA), shared it is important to remind members of the LGBT community that there are truths that cannot be changed “simply because of public clamor.”
“It is clear that the Lord ordained marriage and procreation for and between a man and a woman. Why can’t people live with that? Why change the natural order?” the priest asked.
“We must be careful in insisting our claim [on] our legal rights as there may be other rights far superior than our own,” he stressed.
In an earlier CBCP News post, Secillano raised the alarm on the “Anti-Discrimination Bill” being deliberated in the Philippine Congress, fearing it could eventually lead to the legal recognition of same-sex union in the country.
While the Catholic Church fully supports steps that mandate equal treatment for all, the priest is concerned about measures having far-reaching implications, which may later prove contrary to what the Magisterium and Bible 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.
Secillano stated 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.”
He added the Church does not reject gay people themselves, but homosexual acts, just as she decries sexual relations between a man and woman not married to each other.
Dolce and Gabbana, who used to be romantically involved, have long been critical of gay marriage.
Asked in 2013 if they had ever toyed with marriage, the London Telegraph quoted them as answering, “What? Never!”
Dolce declared, “I’m a practicing Catholic.”
“I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteri for rent, semen chosen from a catalogue,” Dolce reportedly said.
Meanwhile, LGBT rights activists in Europe, among whom singer-songwriter Elton John, have since called for a boycott of D&G products. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)