Dear Mr Vincent Wijeysingha,
As unfortunate as your childhood experience with the “priest” is , the actions of this “priest” you encountered does not nullify the teachings of the Church. The standard required of us is not of Men to decide but of God. Thus, the Church teachings still stands no matter what the encounter is.
The Church will definitely not change its teachings regarding LGBT, Its is definitely wrong to have a gay/lesbian/transgender sexual relation with a respective individual. well, the purpose of sex, is for Procreation. Its definite that if a man and man/ woman and woman/ transgender and transgender have sex, they cannot procreate and the sex would only be for pleasure. E.g if 2 gay men truly love each other, the can stay under one roof and not Indulge in sex.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
This however does not mean that we shun this extra-special people away. We still have to treat them justly as how we would treat anyone else. I belief that The Most Reverend William Goh is Sincere in his letter “that the Catholic church regarded each individual, regardless of their sexual orientation as being a child of God, “and is therefore worthy of love and respect”, and that the church also discouraged discrimination of any kind.”
Although some may not be as hospitable to the LGBT ppl, but however, this “some” does not represent the Catholic diocese of Singapore, those who are obedient to the Bishop are the people to represent the Catholics.
Horioka Yujin Eugene