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8 Aug 2017

New HK Bishop Affirms Anti-gay Stance

Michael Yeung Ming-cheung was criticised for comparing homosexuality to drug abuse in November 2015.

Hong Kong’s newly appointed bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, 71 pledged to speak out for Hong Kong’s underprivileged after he was sworn in by Pope Francis last week, but reiterated that he stood by Catholic teachings that homosexuality is a sin.

As auxillary bishop in 2015, he faced criticism for comparing homosexual behaviour to drug abuse.

On Wednesday, he claimed he was misquoted and reiterated that the church would love gay people even though it did not accept homosexuality, according to the South China Morning Post.

“Maybe that was really a bad example. I said maybe your son is a drug addict, do you love him still? Yes , you still love him ... The only thing I haven’t really said very clearly [was that] homosexuality was not like that,” Yeung told the South China Morning post.

He said if a Catholic said he or she was a homosexual, he would teach them what the bible said.

Yeung went on to say: “The church is not a political party. However, when facing some problems that affect the whole society, like human rights, justice, openness and accountability, I think the church must stand up to speak.”

Reader's Comments

1. 2017-08-08 20:00  
Anybody who has any sense of the Catholic Church's history would have to dismiss any of their pronouncements, coming as they do from an institution that has never really shown any interest in human rights.
2. 2017-08-08 23:29  
It's a shame. At least 6% of the population of human beings is disqualified from being RomanCatholic (bec. they are LGBT). But then of course, 45% of at least Americans are disqualified because they are divorces and remarried; and of course at least 33% of them are disqualified because they practice artificial birth control; and let's not forget the women who've had abortions, now disqualified. BOY! that doesn't leave many people left to be Roman Catholic.
3. 2017-08-08 23:30  
"divorced" ... sorry about the typo
4. 2017-08-10 06:19  
They are entitled to their views. Tolerance goes all ways.

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