SINGAPORE — The Roman Catholic Church in Singapore will continue to engage and work with the authorities to ensure that the marriage institution and family values are upheld, said Archbishop William Goh.

In a statement posted yesterday on the church’s official newsletter, Father Goh also said he is exploring the setting up of support groups to assist those who are struggling with same-sex attraction and their loved ones who have difficulty accepting them.

His comments came days after the Catholic Church urged constructive dialogue between opposing camps of the online resource on sexuality put up by the Health Promotion Board, when the National Council of Churches of Singapore, in contrast, had called on the board to review the FAQ.

Some, including Faith Community Baptist Church Pastor Lawrence Khong and MP for Mountbatten Lim Biow Chuan, have publicly criticised the answers pertaining to questions about homosexuality provided in the board’s online resource.

Addressing followers yesterday, Father Goh wrote: “I want to assure you that our non-public engagement of the opposing groups on this issue is by no means evidence of our flight from our Christian calling to speak the truth and to defend the cause of the family and hence, of society and the future of humanity.”

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