Catholic Doctors Defend Spanish Bishop Who Claimed Homosexuals Encounter ‘Pure Hell’

Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla

Earlier this month, in a Good Friday sermon, Spain’s Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Alcala de Henares “said that homosexuals encounter ‘pure hell’ when they ‘corrupt and prostitute themselves or go to gay night clubs.'” The sentiment caused a mass of criticism from equality advocates, but now a group of Catholic doctors are coming to Reig”s defense.

The International Federation of Catholic Doctors Associations has issued a statement criticizing the government for failing to curtail sex-trafficking and sex-education, noting that the Bishop was merely offering “a prudent caution against unhealthy practices“:

“Catholic doctors profoundly lament the failure of modern states and of public international institution to combat ‘sexual tourism,’ involving adults or children,” the association said in its statement.

They also joined the bishop in denouncing “the contents of some textbooks,” especially those used in Spain’s recently axed Education for the Citizenry course, which encouraged children “to ‘explore’ all areas of sexuality.” “We are right in every way to consider these lessons perverse,” the doctors said, “And Bishop Reig is right in every way to condemn these and other abuses of the human being.

Spain is highly progressive when it comes to LGBT rights, allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. Gays people are allowed to serve openly in the military and are protected from discrimination in employment, the provision of goods and services, and other areas.