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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