MANILA, Philippines — One of the Philippines most prominent clergymen, Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz, says that gay people should always keep their dignity high by avoiding actions that would make them “laughing stocks.”
“Just like women and men, the third sex should also not lower their dignities,” said Cruz, who is also the former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. ”
“When they [gays] dress up as females, wear high heels and other such acts, they are lowering their dignities as they make themselves laughing stocks. I think that is not fair to them because they are being laughed at,” he said.
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His comments on Tuesday were timed as a response to Pope Francis statement that gays should not be judged or be marginalized, nevertheless that same-sex acts are still sin and should be avoided, reported The Manila Times.
Cruz said he agreed with the Pope that LGBT people deserve respect from others just like any human being. He also clarified that being gay does not mean that they are sinning more than any other individuals.
“As far as the Church is concerned, everybody deserves respect. Let us not mock. Let us not malign… If a man has an inclination with another man, he is still a man. If a woman has an inclination with another woman, she is still a woman,” the CBCP official said.
Article continues below“We also have to respect them because they are also children of God. They are humans too. Don’t tell me that homosexuals commit graver sins than ordinary men and women. No. That is not true,” he commented.
At the same time, Cruz stated that the Catholic Church would never agree to legalize the same-sex marriage.
“Marriage is just for men and women. Same-sex marriage is another thing. You can call it marriage a hundred times but it will never be a marriage,” he stressed.
The Philippines’s population is largely Roman Catholic with a large Muslim minority, it is one of the more liberal countries in Asia regarding same-sex acts, with gays allowed to serve in the military.