The head of the Saint Lucia Catholic Church, Archbishop Robert Rivas, has asserted that the church is not against gays or lesbians and has expressed the hope that the governments in the region will ‘do what is right’ on the matter of the law against buggery.
There have been increasing calls for the existing legislation to be reviewed.
Rivas said during the HTS Evening News Friday night that in many developed societies, the matter has gone beyond debate.
“In some places it is already removed,” the Archbishop noted.
“If it is a law that is distressing and it is not a law that is serving its purpose the way it ought to have served its purpose in the past, then it has to be reviewed and updated,” Rivas stated.
While declaring that he hopes that the governments of the region do what is right, he highlighted the need to always maintain ‘a high moral standard and values for our people.’
“The church is not against gays or lesbians – the church is maybe against the activity where there is a moral issue, but in terms of the person, the church will always love the person and care for the person as Jesus did,” Rivas told HTS News.
“Jesus did not accept adultery but he accepted the adulteress and he said ‘If you have no sin cast the first stone at her’,” Rivas stated.