Nude Beach Bishop OK with Gay Relationships
By Hilary White
June 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Portuguese Catholic bishop has told media that he is “OK” with homosexual relationships and complained that the Church is a “little inflexible” in “cultural matters” like contraception and homosexuality.
In an interview with Ionline, a Portuguese language news site, Januário Torgal Ferreira, bishop for the Armed Forces of Portugal, said, “I do not agree with the notion of [same-sex] marriage. I do agree with and accept a man who lives with a man, and a woman who lives with a woman.”
Acknowledging that the Catholic Church asks homosexuals not to “practice their sexuality,” he continued: “It is certain that a homosexual couple is not theoretical, isn’t it? And affections are translated through this practice, through this psycho-affective fusion of mysterious unity that is the human being.”
The bishop also implied that Catholics need to be more relaxed about “cultural” issues such as public nudity. The bishop first criticized people who he said are “perfectly illiterate, filled with guilt, malice, sensuality, almost castrated.” Such people, he said, will complain to him, “Oh…[sic] you go to the beach and to the pool in trunks.”
“And then?” he responded. “What is the problem? I am a citizen like everyone else!”
After being asked by the interviewer if anyone had actually made such a complaint to him, he admitted, "Not directly