Bishops on Charice: 'We'd rather not pre-judge'

MANILA, Philippines – Catholic bishops are not condemning Filipino international artist Charice Pempengco for her revelation regarding her sexual orientation, the Manila Bulletin reported on Monday, June 3.

Fr. Melvin Castro,  executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (CBCP-ECFL), clarified that the CBCP is not pre-judging the singer who, on June 2, spoke about being a lesbian.

Instead, they call upon her family, her friends, and the public to guide her.

“In this time of her life that she is experiencing an identity crisis regarding her sexual orientation, we would rather not pre-judge her.... Let’s hope that there will be people out there that will help guide her with her sexual orientation called same-sex attraction,” said Castro in an interview.

“We should help her journey with this same-sex attraction situation so that she will know that having a same-sex attraction does not mean that she has to engage in a [homosexual] relationship.... This, I think, is where her family and friends should come in and intervene to help her,” he continued.

According to the report, Castro also emphasized that the Church condemns only homosexual acts, not homosexuals. –

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