Unchastity ‘wrong’ regardless of gender—bishop

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ILIGAN City, Oct. 19, 2014—A Catholic prelate maintains that impure deeds and thoughts are sinful.

While he confirmed sexual activities between persons of the same gender are wrong, Iligan Bishop Elenito R. Galido pointed out sexual relationships even between a heterosexual male and a heterosexual female are no less immoral, if these take place outside the sacrament of matrimony.

In an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas, Galido clarified immorality is not the monopoly of a specific gender.

Iligan Bishop Elenito R. Galido (Photo: Ruel Tenerife)

Anything perpetrated against chastity and morality, he explained, whether the person doing it is straight or gay, constitutes immorality.

“That is a fundamental moral law. That’s why we do not immediately judge based on one’s sexual orientation alone,” the prelate said.

Quoting Pope Francis, Galido shared,”Who am I to judge?”

The bishop, however, said that although the Argentine pontiff may have a positive view of homosexual persons, as opposed to homosexual acts, the Church’s teachings on same-sex marriage remains unchanged.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is clear in this regard, calling homosexual acts “contrary to the natural law” (2357).

It continues, “They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

CCC 2358 reads, “Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.”

CCC2359 adds, “Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.” (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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