Are Sarah and arch­bishop at odds over lo­cal gay laws?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - Clau­dia Elei­box Mc Dowell that.” The arch­bishop said the Catholic Church is not against

gays and les­bians, only the ac­tions that make them so. “The church to­day is learn­ing and is lis­ten­ing,” said Ri­vas. “The church will al­ways love the per­son and care for the per­son as Je­sus did. Je­sus did not ac­cept adul­tery, but he ac­cepted the adul­ter­ess.” Nev­er­the­less, he agrees with Her­mangild Fran­cis, that the time may be right to re­visit the is­land’s bug­gery.

“In so many de­vel­oped so­ci­eties,” he said, “it has gone be­yond de­bate. If it is a law that is dis­tress­ful and it’s not a law that has been serv­ing its pur­pose the way it ought to have served its pur­pose in the past, then it has to be re­viewed and up­dated as nec­es­sary. I hope that our gov­ern­ments in the re­gion will look at all the sit­u­a­tions and do the right thing, but al­ways main­tain­ing a high stan­dard of morals and val­ues for our peo­ple.”

Pope Fran­cis, has ex­pressed views sim­i­lar the arch­bishop’s. He seems now to be pre­oc­cu­pied with ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity among the clergy. A spokesper­son for United and Strong was at time of writ­ing not avail­able for com­ment.

Sarah Flood-Beaubrun (left) has long spo­ken out against ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. But, now it seems even the lead­ers of the Catholic Church in­clud­ing lo­cal Arch­bishop Robert Ri­vas (right) are soft­en­ing their at­ti­tude to gays, say­ing it may be time to up­date re­lated laws.

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