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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TRINIDAD CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP SAYS KICKING OUT GAY KIDS IS THE WORST THING PARENTS CAN DO

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Trinidad and Tobago Joseph Harris helped launch a new shelter for at-risk children on Wednesday – one of four operated in the Caribbean nation by the Holy Faith Sisters religious charity.

According to the Credo Center’s administrators, the shelter will welcome children regardless of their sexual orientation and the same policy exists for all the Holy Faith Sister’s children’s shelters in Trinidad and Tobago.

‘Our doors are open to any boy or girl we feel are equipped to help, irrespective of race, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability or socio-economic status,’ the Credo Center said in a statement prior to the launch event.

Archbishop Harris sprinkled holy water through the Credo Center shelter to bless each room.

Asked about parents who abandoned their children when they learned they were gay or lesbian, Harris condemned the practice.
‘I think that is the worst thing that you can do,’ the Archbishop said, according to Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

‘People are people. All people have to be respected. All people, whatever orientation, are made in the image and likeness of Almighty God. We have to find God in them.’

‘May all who enter it be treated with respect and kindness,’ Harris said in blessing the building, ‘May the spirit of love and affection touch all who use the rooms of this house.’

‘Loving God, may you lovingly care for all who will live, work and recreate here. Amen.’

The Credo Center will be able to accommodate up to 16 children at a time.

The opening of the center was attended by both Minister of State in the Ministry of Gender and Child Development Raziah Ahmed, and Opposition MP Marlene McDonald, both of whom shared the Archbishop’s sentiments.

‘All children have the right to care, love, support and interventions where needed in keeping with the rights of the child,’ Ahmed told Newsday.

‘I don’t think that anybody should be thrown out because of their sexual orientation,’ McDonald said, ‘Not at all.’


‘I do not subscribe to discrimination because of your sexual orientation. And I say that with confidence.’

SOURCE: GAY STAR NEWS

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