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Filipino LGBTs weigh in on Vatican transition drama

in PHILIPPINES, 03/03/2013

Gay activists in the Philippines welcomed the sudden end of the leadership of Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican city-state, saying that the scandals that rocked the Roman Catholic Church worldwide may possibly present opportunities for the religious community to modify its anti-gay and anti-women doctrines.

The Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines (ProGay) said it was monitoring the ceremonial farewell of the retired Benedict and the elections now conducted by the conclave of cardinals from all over the world.

“Because our country is 80 per cent Roman Catholic, most of government policies have been heavily influenced by RC bishops, which made it so stifling for the lives of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens. Us LGBTs don’t expect much improvements in church policies with whoever becomes the new Pope, but if the church officials are really serious about reversing the decline of their numbers and their morale, it makes sense for Vatican to start reviewing old ideas that alienate people,” said Jomar Amores, spokesman of ProGay.

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