.- During a press conference the Bishops Conference of Mexico issued a request that the Secretariat of Health modify a campaign against homophobia because by centering it on a âfalse anthropological basis,â it ends up promoting homosexuality. The president of the Bishopâs Committee on the Family, Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar, said that while tolerance of homosexual persons should be fostered, the ads produced by the campaign make homosexuality appear natural and present it âas a legitimate personal choice.â
Bishop Aguilar said the anthropological basis of the campaign is âfalse and deceptive,â because it twists âconcepts and language,â although its authors say it is based on pluralism, tolerance and non-discrimination.
The bishop noted that the Church affirms that âhomosexual persons have all of the dignity that corresponds to them has human persons,â and that therefore they should be respected and not discriminated against.
He added, however, that the homosexual inclination is in itself disordered, but that âit is not a sinâ if there is no intention of nourishing it âthrough homosexual acts,â which are indeed âintrinsically disordered.â
Regarding homosexual unions, Bishop Aguilar explained that âontologically it is impossible to treat unequal things as equals. Marriage based on the heterosexual relationship between man and woman is one thing; unions between persons of the same sex are something very different.
He noted that âonly sexual diversityâ allows for ânatural sexual and emotional complementarity and the possible gift of new life.â Same-sex unions lack these aspects, he said, since they âare intrinsically sterile,â despite efforts to mimic ânatural physiological and psychological actsâ in order to achieve âan apparent unitive aspect of sexuality.â
Bishop Aguilar said it is important to avoid homophobia, but it should not be forgotten that homosexuality is against the natural law.