MANILA, July 1, 2015—Members of the Dominican Laity of St. Martin de Porres-University of Santo Tomas (UST) Chapter have urged fellow Catholics to communicate with the LGBT community in a manner they believe is consistent with the Christian values and principles of charity, compassion, and sensitivity.
“It is also our humble call to our beloved brothers and sisters, that as children of our one Mother—the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church—to come up with a more innovative and creative manner to dialogue with members of the LGBT, based on Charity, Compassion and Sensitivity,” they share in an open letter posted on their official Facebook page just days after the United States Supreme Court declared same-sex “marriage” legal in all American states.
Citing the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), the group encourages the faithful to avoid “every sign of unjust discrimination” (2358) towards people who identify as homosexuals.
“Love builds bridges, not walls. Dialogue leads to understanding, not hate. We love our Church, so are the members of the LGBT who need our pastoral concern. We hate Sin, not the Sinners,” it explains.
1 man, 1 woman
Driven by the desire to “share the fruits of contemplation,” the lay Dominicans stressed their allegiance to the Church of Rome and her teachings, particularly on the “sanctity of marriage, between one man and one woman.”
However, even as they uphold, support, and teach the Catholic views on marriage, they make it clear that they abhor any sort of negative speech, hate crimes against gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.
Salvation of souls
“As Dominicans who are called and formed to prioritize the salvation of souls, we believe that such acts would only result to a more complicated scenario, of letting many to distance themselves from the Church, instead of bringing them closer to God—to salvation!”, they explained.
Nonetheless, they added that the position expressed in the manifesto is only that of individual members, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Philippine Dominican Laity, nor do they represent the official position of the University of Santo Tomas and affiliated units, nor the Dominican Province of the Philippines. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)