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Bishop of Saltillo Raul Vera Strongly Condemns Homophobia

Bishop VeraSaltillo Bishop Jose Raul Vera Lopez made a startling comment recently on Terra Mexico. He called homophobia a mental illness. Bishop Vera, as he is known, subscribes to the notion that homosexuality occurs due to hormonal imbalances in the uterus and in general, but that did not stop him from speaking out forcefully against religious based homophobia and calling homophobes the perverse ones.

In discussing a mother who is worried about her son hanging out with “degenerate gays”, Bishop Vera stated :

One mother came to me and said that she was being watchful of her son because he was hanging out with “those degenerate gays” and I said “so blame yourself for it because that’s the way your son developed in your womb and he didn’t develop into a degenerate or a perverse person. He was born with a certain constitution you are trying to ignore. Calm down, you are the mother of that child and he began to be who he now is inside your womb. So the first one I’d kick out would be you because you are the perverse one who is first in line.” That’s what I said.

Regarding homophobes in general, Bishop Vera stated “Why would I immediately think a gay or lesbian person is perverse or depraved the moment they approach me? That’s how people who are homophobic react. It’s a mental illness in which you see gays as depraved and promiscuous. You have to be sick in the head for that.:

Bishop Vera was also clear with the reporter that people should stop attacking gays with the Bible. He noted that they need to read the passages that they are using with an eye to historical context because the Bible does not condemn homosexuality.

In the past, Vera has gotten heat for his refusal to shy away from human rights works. He has, in the past, also backed civil unions for same-sex couples.

It should be noted that homophobia is not a mental illness, but a prejudice.

Addendum:

ChurchMilitantTV’s Michael Voris was kind enough to link to our site about this. I have responded to his little video here.

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15 Responses to Bishop of Saltillo Raul Vera Strongly Condemns Homophobia

  1. Vittorio di Bomparola

    September 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Catholics! Some people are gay. Get over it.

    • Reginald

      September 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      The problem that we recognize is not that ‘some people are gay’ but rather that some people (seem to) make their sexual preferences or practices into their essential identity.

      Just because someone suffers from same-sex attraction does not mean that they must give into their passions.
      Homosexual ACTS are obviously unnatural. We have sex organs for a purpose, just as we have a digestive tract, for example. To use one’s sexual organs simply for pleasure is certainly sinful. Any sexual act outside of marriage is a grave sin. That is the unerring teaching of God’s Church.
      But people identifying themselves as ‘homosexuals’ are still children of God and made in His Image.

  2. Pat Carbonell

    August 29, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I find it very interesting that those who wish to justify opposing homosexuality with the Bible look to two parts of the Good Book, The Book of Leviticus and the Epistles of Paul, yet they ignore the fact that the Christian church has chosen to ignore other prohibitions from those same sources that have not made sense anymore. It is no longer necessary to bury our dead within 24 hours or risk contagion; it is no longer necessary to avoid pork or keep the other kosher laws to avoid food-borne disease; it is no longer required that women keep silent in church, or cover their hair, or any of the other odd assorted rules Paul made up as he went along. Homosexuality was condemned in the Book of Leviticus because the small tribe of Israelites needed all the breeding adults they could get to ensure the survival of the tribe. Paul condemned it because it was felt to be a holdover from defeated Greece, and was looked down on by the Romans (remember, Paul was the missionary to the Gentiles, and he tailored his letters and his rules to the cultures the individual churches lived within). Both sources condemned homosexuality because of the historical/cultural/political climate they lived in. That is what any biblical scholar will tell you, that you have to know and understand those factors before you can understand anything in the Bible. I learned that from a Catholic nun.

    • Reginald

      August 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Pat,
      One does not have to ‘justify opposing homosexuality’. What needs to be justified is the unnatural notion that homosexual acts are ‘normal’ and virtually on the same plain as heterosexual sex. The BIG problem here is not justifying something with the bible but rather having a Bishop put himself above the Church and above God by disobeying clear Church teachings. The Catholic Church has been entrusted with the full deposit of faith and has been given authority to teach what the Holy Spirit says. To knowingly disobey is to put one’s soul in a perilous situation. To lead others astray is even worse.

    • Jon

      August 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      And this “Catholic” nun was obviously a heretic. There was only one [Catholic] Church during very early Christianity. Unfortunately, there have been many spiritual rebellions from the Truth due to heretics and cowardly bishops.

      The Church, which has outright, sole authority in interpreting the Bible, teaches that homosexuality is a disorder of nature, NOT of the mind. To be homosexual is not sinful, but to be gay is so.

      A gay human being entertains his sexual attraction as a heterosexual does in unchaste [lust-filled] behaviors. Lust is one of the seven deadly sins, of which mortal sin is derived. Anal intercourse is an act of the motive lust in all sexual behaviors, and is condemned by the Church for its motivation.

      The Church condemns all acts of lust, including thrusting your penis up another’s anus, aka poop pipe. Anal “sex” is not only a spiritual evil, but physically foul and perverse.

      Having clarified what Bishops are far too cowardly to say, I must assert the Church teaching of free will. All human beings have the free will to deny the Truth and embrace evil for its pleasures. Just remember that everything leads to consequences in the next life, but also, in this one. There is a dire need for Christ (the Truth: God in the Flesh) and His divinely established Church.

  3. Fred

    August 29, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Ahhh there we go Bridgette pulling out the old child abuse card when you run out of logic. That card is a waste of time. Child abuse occurs far more in public schools and non-denominational churches than in the Catholic Church. However, its not as much fun to pick on them, because those are your friends and family. The Catholic Church is an easy target, because people want the truth to go away and the Catholic Church has the truth. Put the abuse card back in your pocket and read the research, because you are embarrassing yourself.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      August 29, 2013 at 12:28 am

      Oh Fred, I am not talking about the child abusers.

      I am talking about those who forgave it, who ignored it, who felt that it did not matter or exist.

      Just like you.

  4. Guido Marino

    August 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    The Apostle, Judas was a bishop. A bishop who was insulted that God loved women.

    When he betrayed God who loved him. Judas walked over to Him, in the dark, gave him a kiss, and handed Him over to the political establishment of the time knowing full-well His God would be arrested and sentenced to death.

    He gave Him a kiss. The common denominator here is. Bishop Judas hated women, thinking them disgusting. Bishop Vera hates the mother who spoke to him, thinking her disgusting. And, almost every gay fella I have known well betrayed to me what they think of women. I shall quote the gay man, let’s call him Doug, who I worked beside for seven years.

    “Women are disgusting.” That’s what he told me. “They are gross. They bleed. They smell. They are always bitchy.” I’ve never forgotten that.

    Clearly, the bishops and my co-worker have mommy trauma.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      August 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      I find it rather disgusting that so many people sit there and condemn Bishop Vera without knowing about him. This is a man who would give his heart to save a dying man. I read up on him before I wrote my article. Bishop Vera, like Pope Francis, is a man dedicated to helping. He is dedicated to making life better for others. I have met many Catholics who do not walk in the Light, but Bishop Vera is not one of them.

  5. Reginald

    August 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Bridgette,

    Sometimes we HAVE to contradict the bishops when they are clearly leading the flock into accepting sin.
    Judas was a bishop. He betrayed Jesus just as this bishop is doing.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      August 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      And where was the flock when the Bishops hid the abuse of children? Why did it take so long for the corruption in the Church to be questioned by the flock? It seems to me that the ones who betrayed Jesus are those busy condemning Bishop Vera, a man who has fought hard to help the poor and the needy while those who condemn him are those who seem unwilling to lift so much as a finger to help those who are in need.

  6. Thomas

    August 26, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Homosexuality is not a mental disease, the Bishop is correct – there, however it is a sinful evil, condemned by God and cannot be accepted as behavior worthy of being either called civilized or tolerated by healthy loving child producing families.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      August 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Wow, and here I thought you weren’t suppose to contradict the bishops..

    • Jon

      August 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Thomas has not contradicted the Bishops. Bishop Vera has contradicted the Magisterium and the Papacy of the Church, not to mention the authority bestowed upon his office by the Divine for the salvation of souls.

      Bishop Vera may be a very compassionate man in the carnal realm, but would he sacrifice everything to inform us of the Truth? Here is a man who claims to be a faithful Catholic, believing that the Truth is the means of salvation, and yet, he contradicts the very faith he has sworn to protect, to propagate a spiritual lie.

      Combating spiritual poverty takes precedence over fairly distributing carnal wealth. By combating spiritual evil, the Church eliminates most poverty via its root cause: sin.

      Is Bishop Vera really the man you claim him to be? Was not the Nazi Party concerned with carnal poverty before they committed grave evils in Germany and throughout Europe. Do means justify the end, IE contraception? Bishop Vera definitely promotes contraception too, if not through action, then via inaction. People like this Bishop open the way for greater atrocities to follow, especially in a World of Modern States. He may be nice, but is he a good man? NO, he is a devil in Christ’s clothing.

    • Lez Get Real

      August 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Jon,

      According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, there are approximately 41,000 Christian denominations and organizations in the world, many with differing interpretations on what the Bible says.

      We also understand that Voris believes in Catholic hegemony. He has stated in the past he would like to see “a benevolent Catholic dictatorship” (ei: Spains Francisco Franco or Italy’s Mussolini ) in this country,and that some people should not be allowed to vote unless their religion is the “right” one.

      Like this Great Nation of ours, this is secular, not a Catholic, website…. and like this great nation of ours, our readers are of ALL faiths, so we don’t intend to debate the merits of Catholic canon law here, as those Canon laws DO NOT apply to the majority of our readers. We also feel most of our reader are probably not in the least bit interested in how you feel that Canon law should be interpreted as it relates to LGBT’s. They, in fact, read these comments as the uninformed and bigoted spouting by the same “crazy” homophobes Bishop Vera-Lopez condemns. They have been heard before.

      However, from our research, we are pretty sure most of the Catholic faithful don’t even give these bigoted spoutings of Voris’ half a thought, as he appears to be a fringe element even in his own religion.

      But we do stand opposed to anyone who would advocate disenfranchisement of any group or the bringing of Fascism to the United States, or the hegemony of any one religion in this country.

      It is not Bishop Vera-Lopez who free people should fear, it is people like Voris and yourself that are the danger.