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Singapore archbishop defends stance against same-sex adoption

July 07, 2014

Responding to critics of a statement in which he reaffirmed Church teaching on homosexuality, Archbishop William Goh of Singapore has apologized to anyone who was hurt by his comments, but reiterated his position that same-sex couples should not be allowed to adopt children.

Archbishop Goh had provoked protests by saying that the homosexual lifestyle is “detrimental to society, not helpful to integral human development, and contrary to Christian views.” When activists said that his statement was insulting, the archbishop replied: “I apologize if my initial statement conveyed insensitivity.”

“The Church does not disapprove of a loving relationship between same-sex individuals that is chaste and faithful,” Archbishop Goh said. He said that he is assembling a pastoral team to help Catholics with same-sex attraction “journey together in faith, in support of one another, so as to live out God’s call to chastity.”


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  • Posted by: normnuke - Jul. 08, 2014 10:48 AM ET USA

    At last someone talking sense and truth about the cruelty of same-sex adoption. Children NEED both a mother and a father.