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Catholic Church discourages LGBT relationships but decries discrimination

Published on Jun 22, 2014 4:20 PM

SINGAPORE - The Catholic Church has issued a statement on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual (LGBT) movement, joining the ranks of other religious groups that have spoken up on the issue.

In an open letter to Catholics posted on the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore's website on Saturday, Archbishop William Goh maintained that the family unit comprises a father, mother and children; and that LGBT sexual relationships are "not in accordance with the plan of God".

But, he also said that the Church recognises that there are individuals who are attracted to people of the same sex.

"Regardless of their sexual orientation, the Church has always looked on each individual as being a child of God, made in His image and likeness and is therefore worthy of love and respect," he said, adding that discrimination of any kind should not be condoned.

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