Church official against discrimination against gays

A Saint Lucia clergyman has spoken out against discrimination against gays, while asserting that the Catholic church is very clear that based on the revelation of Jesus Christ, gay marriage is not in accordance with the will of God.

“That does not mean that the church and the people in the society have to discriminate against persons who choose that particular lifestyle – they are human beings,”  David Popo, a Deacon in the Catholic Church here, told Friday’s Straight Up programe on HTS with host, Claudius Francis.

Popo disclosed that one of the principles of Catholic social teaching is the inherent dignity of the human person, irrespective of class, race, creed, nationality or choice of lifestyle.

“You are sacred – you are a human being,” the Catholic official declared.

He pointed out that gays have families, suffer and  face the same economic realities as everyone else.

Peter Fevrier, another Catholic Deacon who appeared on Straight Up,  agreed.

But he asserted that the gospel is supposed to influence the lives of individuals and not the other way around.

“Mankind has to always try to live as per the gospel even if it is 2000 years old,” Fevrier declared.

However the Catholic official observed that this matter brings up a lot of challenges.

“The reality of humanity and society today begs for adjustment in terms of what was practised a long time ago as per scripture and what is happening now and we ought to be careful not to seek to adjust or try to  change the context,” Fevrier said.

 

 

 

48 Comments

  1. Abomination sin and curses are not the same
    August 18, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Being gay is demonic and we can not class sin the same as abomination or curses the three are not the same

    1. CookieMonster
      August 18, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      You’re a stupid piece of shot of whoever u are. U are an abomination cause no real Christian will ever say the things u do.

    2. John Smith
      August 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Your idiotic comment makes no sense. The article speaks to a church official preaching tolerance and no discrimination but your foolish rant speaks to something totally unrelated. If you were a believer of Christ you wpuld have realised that he also preached tolerance. Go upgrade your antiquated views. Jackass.

    3. Anonymous
      August 22, 2017 at 11:03 am

      It is a shame, and a heartache to be reading such a statement in 2017

  2. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    So Mr Clergyman what are you saying..you are bigger than God..or are you above God.God is saying no .and you are saying Yes..you’re insane

    1. Gemini
      August 18, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      He never said yes…he said do not discriminate…even God loves gays…he may not approve of their actions but they are human beings too

    2. CookieMonster
      August 18, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      No, he never said he agrees with the lifestyle. What he said is do not discriminate. Cause it’s not ur business what ppl do with their butt or vagina. Stupid human.

    3. CookieMonster
      August 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      So are bigger than anyone Urself. Stupid human!

    4. Anonymous
      August 18, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Did you even read the article?

    5. Anonymous
      August 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Read it again stupid

  3. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Clergy man you are a Frick

    1. Karl
      August 18, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      guess you mean “freak”, smh.

  4. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Fire pon gay people

    1. CookieMonster
      August 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Fire pin u and ur mother! Ignorant.

      1. The One
        August 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm

        You must be gay

      2. CookieMonster
        August 19, 2017 at 6:36 am

        Yes I’m gay… Now does that stop u from having breakfast this morning?

  5. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    so the clergyman contradicts himself,and you want this individual standing in front of you preaching,God detests homosexuality his word is very clear on that,but a person has to believe in God first of all,that his spoken word is the bible,otherwise what point is it.Gods position on acts of this kind are just as relevant today actually more so,than in bible times,mainly because man has become more and more perverted in thought and deed.so if a clergyman is telling you to except these things because society has changed,then he is instilling a falsehood of scripture.Gods word never changes,and because society changes in their behavior and activities and grows more perverse with every passing day,is NOT, Does Not,make it acceptable if a person really believes in gods word,to change their way of thinking that it is somehow now acceptable,because it is the custom,or it’s what everyone is doing,that it is okay.
    these ones will not inherit gods kingdom,so Mr clergyman I don’t know what bible you read,but how can you have a good heart before God,and teach others it’s okay,homosexuals can change,they think and have a mind like everyone else does.

  6. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    what,who this clergyman anyway

  7. The One
    August 18, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Leviticus 18:22
    Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind it is an abomination
    Mr clergyman, the reason the catholic church is so big and full is because it accepts most of the things the other churches don’t . and for you a man of the cloth to make a statement like that is a disgrace. This act is directly condemned biblically, God destroyed two cities for this very act. I do not agree with physical violence against gays be there is no way they can explained or make this act right, it is a sin in the sight of God, an abomination and very demonic. So sir you need to reconsider your statement.

  8. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN BEING A GAY PERSON OR A FORNICATOR.

  9. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    From the pope down all are gay!

  10. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    AGREE.! THERE IS TOO MUCH EMPHASIS BEING PLACED ON GAY PEOPLE. THE REAL ISSUE AFFECTING OUR COUNTY AND THE WIDER WORLD IS FORNICATION. MORE CHILDREN ARE BEING BORN THROUGH FORNICATION THAN MARRIAGE. THAT IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF CRIME AND FOOD SHORTAGE. IS FORNICATION A LESSER SIN THAN BEING GAY?

  11. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    WILL FORICATORS ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD?

    1. Anonymous
      August 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      The lord Said ADAM AND EVE ….NOT ADAM AND STEVE

      1. CookieMonster
        August 19, 2017 at 6:39 am

        That’s original. 😂 u worked hard on that one didn’t u?

  12. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    WILL FORNICATORS OR GAYS ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD?

  13. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Wow very interesting comments. Persons like myself who fornicate really should not not judge persons who are gay. We are really and truly no different.

  14. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Fornication is a sin homosexuality is an abomination

  15. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Persons who fornicate really should get married before they can comment on any gay related issue.

  16. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    All sin are equal stopping gays like murders and praising those who have sec outside of marriage and those who cheat on their lives ones

  17. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Really the big questions here is who are we to judge we accept it so much we don’t realize the clothes we wear on our backs and its all fashionable who came up with the idea .. didn’t that began in heaven at first on that other had we still don’t honor the ten commandments yet still it does not speaks about gays .. bibles saying he who have not sinth may cast the first stone

  18. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Cookie man….you must be gay yourself. and the Clergyman said what he said..cause he knows most of the Catholic prist are gay..judgment day is coming Cookie monster..may be Clergyman is your Pal. .

    1. CookieMonster
      August 19, 2017 at 6:43 am

      Clergyman can never be my pal idiot. I’m just not as stupid as some of u lucians. Oh and yes God is coming for me, but don’t think that he’ll skip u at all. Save judgement for him and not Urself.

  19. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    One life to live
    People the life they feel comfortable in
    Discriminating gays won’t change they lifestyle
    We are not God to judge.. we need to accept people for who they are and leave the judging to God himself ….and the people who are saying they hate gays …they are the one who gay themselves …we all are sinners

  20. Trump
    August 18, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    being gay is a sin

  21. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    so will a fornicator enter the kingdom of God,I’m curious what has your priest told you,has his answer been from Gods word or his own ideas.maybe to appease you,if you read the bible and apply it to your self,it says(Galatians 5:19),works of flesh are plainly seen,and they are sexual immorality,uncleanness,brazen conduct,many many others(verse 20),notice verse(21),those who practice such things will not inherit Gods kingdom. so I hope that answers your question,but don’t be afraid to discuss this with your priest,see if he agrees with gods word or,wants to water gods word down,because it is no longer relevant to our society .Gods word does not change,people do.it’s your choice,my choice,people choose to worship God,because it’s in there heart.people can change.

  22. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Jesus also died for gay people. The blood of Jesus can set them free. They cannot bring forth seed and this aborts God’s purpose. Not condoning fornication – but God uses children born from all sorts of relations for His glory. That cannot happen from gay perversion (sex). God loves everybody but our sin – especially those we want to continue in – He will not compromise. Making excuses and defending sin will not bring deliverance. The blood of Jesus can set you free.

  23. Anonymous
    August 19, 2017 at 4:24 am

    That’s why I love my catholic church

  24. Anonymous
    August 19, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Cookie Monster…how intelligent you are..wow very Clever. .your intelligenc keek that to yourself. Cause ever human makes mistakes in writing. .thats why sometimes we draft ..you. Jack ( words deleted fool go get a 😪Spritual bath idiot

  25. Anonymous
    August 19, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Let’s know our black history….1 of the reasons we remains slaves for so long…is the Christian church condoned slavery until today….using thier bible to support thier ideas…the church have more secrets which you and I must not know…educate yourself and you will see our dirty the Catholic. Anglican.and all them other churches are…

  26. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    August 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    All I know is that it is unhealthy to put your penis in feaces. But I do not condone discrimination against women, gays, visible minorities, religious background etc.

    What I do not like is when ppl have such a low self-esteem, that they need to be in your face, all the time. I think homosexuality is a way for Mother Nature to control the population though.

    Let’s all live and let live.

  27. Eric Shon
    August 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Most African Caribbean guys are closet gays.

  28. Pimuhn
    August 19, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Sin is the transgression of the law. Abomination is something hateful or repugnant. There is no big or little sin. All sin is sin. Lying, backbiting, stealing, fornication (in thoughts, deeds, actions), … The minister acknowledged that being gay is biblically unsupported, but that does not mean that we should ill-treat those who are gay. Take your time to read. If you discriminate against gays, then why can’t you in the same vein discriminate against liars, thieves, fornicators…some don’t read to understand so that they can make coherent and reasoned arguments. Some gay people are the nicest folks around, however their main shortcoming is their sexual preference. Others whom we embrace without discrimination are the worst human beings but we have no problem with that. We are fast to use the bible to judge others yet we don’t live by its words, guides, and precepts and its sayings are not evident in our lives. Such hypocrites…and NO i am not gay….steups.

  29. sharon terrell
    August 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Gay people let me see.We need to be careful, many Christians have misinterpreted the Bible.Genesis 19 never said that God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of Homosexuality.Actually it said that God destroyed these cities for a whole lot of sins,read the book of Ezekiel. He said that was the sin of your sisters Sodom and her Daughters, who were arrogant, Overfed,and unconcerned.Christ died for all of us.Or he died for non of us.God says i accept you as you are,i welcome you.In scripture hr said there is only 1 group lf people who constantly anger me jesus) is the religious self Righteous.Jesus was comfortable around everyone including Prostitutes and Criminals The self Righteous irritated and saddened Jesus he saw them as Judgemental,Arrogant, Unloving and Hypocritical.They did not help the poor and needy they were haughty,and did detestable things before me.Therefore i did away with them.As you have seen.Genesis 16:49:50.But Genesis does say that the men of Sodom was aggressively seeking sex to have with lots visitors (Angels.Who had taken the appearance of Human Male.Lot called it out as Mens request a wicked thing,Genesis 19:7..Wrong doers will not inherit the Kingdom of God.Including Gossiper’s,Slander’s,Thieves,Greedy people Idolators,Adulterers,Drunkards,they all were destroyed in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.We keep throwing stones like we perfect,sinless and Religiously Self Righeous.If we keep being Judgemental Arrogant,and lacking love and all these other Sins we mos-def will not be entering The Kingdom,we will be joining all Gays,Lesbian, Transgender, Bi-Sexuals,because we are all unclean and full of sin so stop attacking LBGT like we clean,Some of us in the street,Whining,sexing,Naked,and bare.Sucking and eating personal parts.and we want to Judge.We ought to clean our backyards,and under our beds before we go cleaning someone else own.Only God Jehoviah,Allah,Emmanuel,Adonai Elshaddai,Elohim Abrahams King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords perfect,his the only one can pass Judgment his the only Clean and Sin-free spiritual being.

  30. Jabal
    August 21, 2017 at 7:21 am

    This is the most sound comment here. A Lot of society are subtle gay supporters. How many of you watch gay porn?

  31. Paying Attention
    August 21, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I need not insult anyone to make a point.

    The same people who read the bible should also read ‘A new commandment I give to you…’. Intolerance is one of of the reasons for so much of the crimes we have today. I do not need the bible or a deacon to tell me this. The Catholic church, which put the bible together, has condemned and been condemned and that wisdom from experience and knowledge is what is being exercised here. If others went through the same, they would behave in a like manner.
    Increasingly heterosexuals are practising all what the homosexuals are doing in the privacy of their homes. Conceptualize that. I think the line is becoming more blurry.
    We like to try and remove cataracts for people when we already have glaucoma for ourselves. But how many of us report sick when we’re not? Or go to work and don’t do exactly what we are paid for? Or spread tales without verification? Or flirt with people’s spouses on whatsapp? Or use the money to buy kids’ school books and do our nails? Or take scholarship for poor people when you can afford? Or lying on tax return and saying you taking care of your parents when you not giving them a cent? These are theft, covetousness.
    You can see some kids from as young as four, displaying their sexuality. You can see some men with features of women and vice versa. And I can’t see how they could be any other way. That’s life long depression.

    Bottomline:
    Whatever your sexuality, I do not want to see you hugging up on the line at Massy. Once you use your private parts in the privacy of your home, we good. Once you protect yourself I will try to protect me and we can live in peace. IMHO

  32. Weasel
    August 22, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Am wondering if homosexuality is the only sin in this world that we know of . There so so many other sins I. This world that affects ones life or the bible speaks against yet so much attention is put upon homosexuality and less on others. Most you on here sleep next to your Owen when they on the cycle, yet no one or no clergy man speaks on, all of us wear mix Lenin clothing, no speaks speaks on that, half if not all the church’s members likewise the clergy man practice premarital sex, lust, don’t obey the sabbath yet no one talks about that yet everybody is so invested on homosexuality. If we condemning one we should Condem all.

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