.- The President of the Bishopsâ Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic, told a prominent homosexual leader this week that the Church defends the dignity of all persons and that the Bishopsâ Conference is always willing to enter into dialogue. The âEpiscopateâs doors are open to any organization that wishes to dialogue about the issues that interest or concern that organization or person. Thatâs why we met with this individual. We had a very sincere dialogue,â Bishop Goic said of the meeting with Rolando Jimenez of the Homosexual Movement for Integration and Liberation.
Speaking to reporters, Bishop Goic said that during the meeting âwe pointed out, first of all, that each person is a child of God, created in His image and likeness and who therefore deserves our most profound respect.â âThe dignity of every person is sacred,â he said.
Father Fernando Chomali of the bishopsâ National Committee on Bioethics, who also spoke with reporters, recalled that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, open to life, and in the case of persons with homosexual tendencies, the Church receives them with love and invites them to live in chastity. He added that the Church would always âmake her position knownâ whenever legislation on marriage is proposed.
Jimenez called the meeting sincere, although he acknowledged that âprofound differencesâ exist between his ideas and the teachings of the Church.