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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Spanish bishop taken to court for criticising homosexuality- case dismissed

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KATH.NET - Katholischer Nachrichtendienst

A Spanish court has dismissed the complaint of left-wing politicians and gay organizations against a bishop who had criticized homosexuality. The testimony of the bishop was protected by freedom of religion.

A judge in Alcala de Henares has dismissed the complaint against Juan Antonio Reig Plá, the bishop of the same diocese. After the bishop's statements critical of homosexuality in his sermon on Good Friday this year, he was attacked massively. Homosexual organizations and leftist politicians accused the bishop.

"While the words of the Bishop show a critical view of homosexuality, properly understood, they cause homosexuals no damage and are also not a call for discrimination based on sexual orientation," the judge explained in his decision. As Bishop Reig Plá based his comments on the teaching of the Church, his statements were protected by the principle of religious freedom, he added.
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