Cardinal Gracias speaks out against ban on homosexuality

Cardinal Gracias says criminalization is wrong.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Episcopal Conference of India, said that the Church has “never considered gay people criminals,” after the Supreme Court of India restored a law banning homosexual acts.

According to reports, Cardinal Gracias, a member of the Council of Cardinals advising Pope Francis on Curial reform, said “the Catholic Church has never been opposed to the decriminalisation of homosexuality, because we have never considered gay people criminals.”

“As Christians, we express our full respect for homosexuals. The Catholic Church is opposed to the legalisation of gay marriage, but teaches that homosexuals have the same dignity of every human being and condemns all forms of unjust discrimination, harassment or abuse,” Cardinal Gracias said.

India’s Supreme Court overturned a decision taken by the High Court of Delhi in 2009, which had decriminalised homosexual acts. The court said it was up to parliament to legislate on the issue. According to Section 377, a 153-year-old colonial law, a same-sex relationship is an “unnatural offence” and punishable by a 10-year jail term.

Source: Catholic Herald





  1. December 17, 2013 at 10:42 am

    i fully agree with u Mr.Gomes instead of attending to matters concerning the parishes, i feel he is become to old and always sick to be able to handle the matters in the local church. But comments on things not concerning the Church maybe to remain in the limelight. The Holy Father should reconsider his choice of eight wise men


  2. December 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Mr. Misquitta speaking on issues which are not related to the church is pointless. May the Holy Spirit guide this dumb man from Mumbai to take stand on all the issues related to the local parishes in Mumbai Please stand up for the truth.


  3. December 17, 2013 at 11:42 am

    well said by cardinal but there are more burning issues where as he is always busy and cannot find time to meet the people of various parish’s like malvani church, st. joseph church mira road, uttan dumping ground etc God save your people…


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