PALO, Leyte, Aug. 31, 2015 – “It is clear as part of the teaching of the Church that changes or mutilation done in (one’s) body which is not necessary is putting themselves as gods,” says Bishop-elect Oscar Jaime Florencio.
Florencio, known formator in the Archdiocese of Palo and former rector of the St. John the Evangelist School of Theology, is all for the need to analyze the real reasons why a person wants a sex change.
He added, “We have to ask ourselves in our Philippine setting, ‘Is it really necessary?”
“If we will have to answer and we see there is a big (economic) gap between persons around us and it is not necessary or it is just a caprice, then we have to ask ‘What is the problem?,” the prelate commented.
Florencio, however, stressed that people should not discriminate against those who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender).
These people should instead try to consider what pushes them to actually consider having surgical operations done on their body, said Florencio.
Earlier, the Archdiocese of Palo through its spokesman Fr. Chris Arthur Militante declared the local church’s stand on LGBT persons.
The Church, according to Militante, does not discriminate against and instead welcomes those who consider themselves belonging to the said group.
Need for counseling
He, nevertheless, stressed that the Church is constant and resolute in condemning homosexual acts.
Militante explained that in the Book of Genesis it is clear that God created only Adam, a man, and Eve, a woman, and no in-between gender.
Florencio and Militante both recognize LGBT individuals’ need for counseling.
Meanwhile, Bishop-elect Florencio is set to welcome Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto to his episcopal consecration on Sept. 4 at the Palo Cathedral.
Former Palo Archbishop and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and Palo Archbishop John Du will join the Nuncio as consecrator.
Following his episcopal consecration, Florencio will be installed as Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros /CBCP News)