Former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz on Tuesday said that homosexuals 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,” Cruz said.
“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 added.
Earlier, Pope Francis stressed that gays should not be judged or be marginalized.
However, the Pontiff reiterated that homosexual acts are still sin and should be avoided.
Cruz agreed with the Pope that homosexuals deserve respect from others just like any human being. He also clarified that homosexuals don’t 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.
“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 furthered.
Meanwhile, Cruz reiterated 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 ended.