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Hong Kong Diocese defends pastoral work with gay Catholics

Spokesman says diocese will investigate claims that clergy stigmatized gay people
Hong Kong Diocese defends pastoral work with gay Catholics
Published: October 15, 2015 02:54 AM GMT
Updated: October 14, 2015 12:10 AM GMT

A Hong Kong diocesan commission defended its pastoral work with gay Catholics after a community member complained that the church had stigmatized gay people.

The Diocesan Committee for the Pastoral Care of Persons with Same-sex Attraction issued an Oct. 7 statement, available only in Chinese, in response to an ucanews.com article that quoted a gay woman criticizing the diocese's pastoral approach to gay Catholics.

The statement said the ucanews.com story was a "one-sided subjective comment without substantial evidence" and that it mostly ignored church teaching.

The woman, identified only as Teresa, said that instead of helping gay Catholics, the church wants "to turn us 'straight.'"

The story also quoted a second woman as saying the tone of a diocese-sponsored forum on gay issues was disrespectful toward gay people, assuming that "the LGBT participants must be very violent."

The commission said the diocese has never offered or provided any kind of conversion therapy, but that it wishes to investigate Teresa's assertions that she feels victimized by clergy.

The statement called the ucanews.com story "unconstructive" and that it "damaged the reputation of clergy."

Teresa said she was very upset by the diocese's response to her comments.

"I spoke about my feeling and got such a response from the diocese in return. How will other gay people come to church for help on seeing this?" she asked.

The commission's spokesman, Kevin Lai, told ucanews.com that the diocese had nothing to add to the statement.

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