The Bishopric of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) has denied on Tuesday that it gives courses aimed at curing homosexuality, although it has stressed that "it does not renounce welcoming and accompanying people who freely request it".
In a statement, the bishopric has thus referred to the information published by the "eldiario.es" on some "illegal and clandestine courses to 'cure' homosexuality" given by the diocese of Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Plà.
This digital newspaper publishes a report by a journalist who came on March 21, as "a young man who wants to change his orientation", to a therapy session offered "to 'cure' homosexuality" at the Family Counseling Center Regina Familiae , belonging to the Diocese of Alcalá de Henares.
According to the bishopric of Madrid, it is a "false news" and "a theatrical assembly built 'ad hoc', in which a journalist, posing as a young man who wants to change his orientation, asks for help and guidance at first instance, to later provoke a manipulated conversation referred to the gender ideology and its legislative protection ".
The diocese of Reig Plà has also highlighted "the respect and love that is due to all people," which is why it has emphasized that "it does not renounce welcoming and accompanying people who freely request it."
In this sense, they have indicated that this "integral, pastoral and spiritual accompaniment, in this as in all matters, is always done from faith and reason, with love and truth in the light of the word of God and of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church".
On the website of the Bishopric of Alcalá there is a section called 'Homosexuality and hope', in which it is ensured that an "approach to the issue of homosexuality" indicates that people with sexual attraction to the same sex "must be sustained in hope" to overcome their personal difficulties. "
"The Catholic Church teaches in its teaching that it is necessary to distinguish between people who feel homosexual inclination, the homosexual inclination itself (objectively disordered) and homosexual acts (intrinsically disordered)," continues the text of the website of the Diocese of Alcalá.
"Many cases, especially if the practice of homosexual acts has not taken root, can be resolved positively with appropriate therapy," the bishopric adds.