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.