Bishop Deogracias Iniquez opposes Supreme Court Decision: Accreditation of LADLAD is pushing homosexual abnormality

MANILA, April 9, 2010— A Catholic bishop assailed a Supreme Court decision allowing a gay rights party to participate in May 10 elections. Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez said allowing a party-list group for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in Congress is foul.

“We recognize them, respect them, but their situation is an abnormality. The person is approving and encouraging an abnormality, which is unnatural,” Iniguez said.

The country’s highest court yesterday ordered the Commission on Elections to accredit Ang Ladlad party-list for the next month’s elections. In November the poll body barred Ang Ladlad from the polls, citing moral grounds. But the Supreme Court said that homosexuality is not a crime.

Bishop Iniguez said the Catholic hierarchy opposes the court decision and said accrediting the gay rights group is pushing abnormality.

In the 2007 elections, the election commission also rejected the party on the ground that it did not represent a “marginalized and underprivileged” sector as required by election laws.

Ateneo de Manila University Professor Danton Remoto, chairman of Ang Ladlad with over 22, 000 registered members, said they would advocate “equal rights and not special rights” in the workplace and in schools to remove discrimination against homosexuals. He said same-sex marriage was not on their agenda, adding that it would prosper in the Philippines anyway. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

3 Responses to Bishop Deogracias Iniquez opposes Supreme Court Decision: Accreditation of LADLAD is pushing homosexual abnormality

  1. blackshama says:

    The bishop should take note of the CCC.

    2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,140 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”141 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

    2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

    In no way is homosexuality called “abnormal” here. After all the genesis for homosexuality is largely unexplained

  2. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Blackshama,

    Homosexuality may not be termed “abnormal” in the CCC, but the CCC still refer to homosexual acts as intrinsically disordered and under no circumstances can they be approved. If LADLAD is a group who helps those with homosexual tendencies overcome their inclinations to homosexual acts, then LADLAD is the gay equivalent of Alcoholics Anonymous. But this is not the case: LADLAD wants us to make homosexual acts as something good in defiance of the Scriptures and the long Tradition of the church. LADLAD will change our marriage laws, educational system, and our whole system of morality. LADLAD must be nipped in the bud before it becomes a baobab.

  3. blackshama says:

    Then use “intrinsically disordered”! We have to be careful with words we use since “abnormal” has a physical medical shade of meaning. Now medical science hasn’t established that homosexuality is an illness.

    We have to be as good as words to convey the right meaning. We can take our cue from Benedict XVI.

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