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Vincent Wijeysingha accuses Catholic priest of attempted molest at age 15

Published on Jun 24, 2014 5:15 PM
 
Vincent Wijeysingha, a civil society activist at the State Courts on March 13, 2014. Social activist Vincent Wijeysingha has accused a Catholic priest of trying to molest him when he was a teenager, in a strongly-worded Facebook post on Monday, June 23, 2014, night that attacked the Catholic Church and its stand on homosexuality. -- TNP PHOTO: KOK YUFENG

SINGAPORE - Social activist Vincent Wijeysingha has accused a Catholic priest of trying to molest him when he was a teenager, in a strongly-worded Facebook post on Monday night that attacked the Catholic Church and its stand on homosexuality.

His post was a direct response to Archbishop William Goh's statement last weekend that restated the Catholic Church's view of the family unit and that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) relations is "not in accordance with the plan of God".

It also comes amid support by various groups of a Wear White campaign organised by a Muslim religious teacher to protest against homosexuality during this Saturday's Pink Dot event. 

In a response on Tuesday night, the Catholic Church said in a statement to The Straits Times that its "stand on sexuality should not be distorted". The intent of Archbishop Goh's message was to clarify the Church's position on family, "and not to engage in a debate on the issue of LGBT purely on the level of reason, because faith while not opposed to reason, transcends reason" it added. The statement from the Archdiocese Communications Office, however, did not comment on Dr Wijeysingha's molest claim.

 
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