Catholic bishop in Dominica: End anti-homosexuality laws

24 May

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Catholic bishop in Dominica: End anti-homosexuality laws

Bishop Gabriel Malzaire

Bishop Gabriel Malzaire

Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Dominica, has called for the elimination of criminal penalties for homosexuality and an end to “all forms of violence” against LGBT people.

Malzaire’s position, he stated in a Dominica News commentary, is consistent with the Catholic Church’s overall position:

I wish to make it clear that the Catholic Church in Dominica adheres to the call of the Holy See in its statement to the 63rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on the Declaration of Human Rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, “to condemn all forms of violence against homosexual persons as well as to urge all States to take necessary measures to put an end to all criminal penalties against them. …

The Catholic Church maintains that free sexual acts between adult persons must not be treated as crimes to be punished by civil authorities.

Dominica is one of several Caribbean countries where homosexual activity is a criminal offense. The anti-homosexuality law provides for prison sentences of up to 10 years for consensual same-sex relations.

Malzaire’s statement came in response to a statement by the LGBT rights group Minority Rights Dominica, which complained that the church had not made its position clear about that law.

Two men on a gay cruise were arrested in Dominica in March 2012 after police were told they were seen engaging in sex on board their cruise ship. They were released after pleading guilty to indecent exposure.

Malzaire emphasized his support of other Roman Catholic doctrines such as opposition to (though not criminalization of):

  • Same-sex marriage.
  • Adoption of children by same-sex couples.
  • Homosexual activity.  Malzaire said that, “according to Holy Scriptures, [it] is among many wrongs which, if not controlled, can lead to spiritual death. Among these are adultery, fornication, orgies, calumny, deep seated hatred, and the like (cf. Rom 13:13; Gal 5:16-21).”
  • The use of the phrase “sexual orientation and gender identity.”  Malzaire said regarding the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, “The Vatican specifically objected to the declaration’s use of the term sexual orientation and gender identity, which it said had no established meaning in international law.”

For more information, read his full commentary: “Decriminalization of homosexuality – what it means for the Catholic Church in Dominica.”

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2 Responses to “Catholic bishop in Dominica: End anti-homosexuality laws”

  1. Rev. Donald Hill January 29, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    These two men came to shore in Dominica from the USA on a gay cruise ship in spite of the fact that Dominica has laws against homosexual behavior.

    From the side of the ship they gave the public a free sex show and buggered each other before an audience of men, women, and children.

    It is the American way of showing their contempt for a small Caribbean island nation that refuses to recognize “gay rights”.

    This only confirms the need for anti-gay laws.

    When they were arrested they acted as if they were being persecuted for being gay. Were they so foolish to think a heterosexual couple could get away with that kind of public behavior? No need to fear. It is not likely to happen with a man and woman. They are comfortable with their sexuality and have nothing to prove.

    They implied that they were harassed by the homophobic island police and screamed DISCRIMINATION all the way back to the land of the Stars and Stripes.

    Obama would be proud!

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Pentecostal Evangelist. http://www.livinghopeministries.ca
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    • Rev. Donald Hill, D.D. August 20, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

      The Bible forbids homosexuality in Romans 1:26,27, also 1 Corinthians 6:9,10, and other passages. The Christian Church for approx. 2,000 years has taught that homosexuality is a sin based upon these scriptures. For hundreds of years nations with a Christian heritage have had laws prohibiting homosexuality.

      However, it is not for religious reasons alone we oppose homosexuality. Christians are not the only ones who are against same gender sexual relations.

      Homosexuality is an unhealthy lifestyle.

      In some nations homosexual men have the highest rate of AIDS of any other people group in country. They are the ones most responsible for the spread of AIDS.

      Homosexuals have on average more mental health problems and suffer more from depression than heterosexuals. With no flesh and blood family of their own they experience more loneliness in their senior years.
      Homosexuals have a higher suicide rate than heterosexuals. Studies show they have a shorter than average lifespan.

      The fact that homosexuals can change is a well kept ”secret” in the gay community. It is suppressed by LGBT activists. But the fact is there are both former gay men and women who are now happily married to partners of the opposite gender. Some have biological children of their own.

      Some have been helped by therapy. Others have been released from their bondage through faith in Christ, by receiving Him as their personal Savior according to St. John 1:11,12, and Revelation 3:20.

      I point you to a hill called Mount Calvary, to an old rugged cross……

      On that cross Jesus Christ took all our sins upon Himself and died for our guilt so we can be forgiven and set free from sin’s bondage.

      Please read Isaiah 53:5,6. Romans 5:6-8. Ephesians 2:8,9, 1 John 5:11-13.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

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