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Archbishop apologises for "insensitivity" in earlier statement on LGBT issues

Published on Jul 3, 2014 2:54 PM
 
Archbishop William Goh leading the Good Friday procession at St Joseph’s Church on 18 April 2014. The head of the Catholic Church here has apologised for a statement he made in June on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues, but maintained the Church's stance on LGBT sexual relationships. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

SINGAPORE - The head of the Catholic Church here has apologised for a statement he made in June on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues, but maintained the Church's stance on LGBT sexual relationships.

Archbishop William Goh had said then that a family unit comprises a father, mother and children; and that LGBT sexual relationships are "not in accordance with the plan of God". But in an open letter to his congregation posted on the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore's website on Thursday, the Archbishop said he apologised if his earlier statement had "conveyed insensitivity".

Stressing that he was "not indifferent" to the pain and frustration felt by Catholics with same-sex orientations, Archbishop Goh said some Catholics have reacted negatively to his June 21 statement.

"You have expressed hurt, anger and disappointment; that the Church, like the rest of society, seemed to ostracise you and showed inconsistency in her preaching of compassion, by not approving of your freedom to love," he wrote.

 
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