The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has expressed its grief for the victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida where 50 people, including the suspect, were left dead and at least 50 others were injured on Sunday (US time).
In a statement penned by Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the CBCP said the bishops have united to mourn in prayer and call the incident a hate crime.
“First, this was a hate-crime — the murder of persons because of disgust for their sexual orientation. Bearing in the depth of his or her soul the image of the Creator, no human person should ever be the object of disgust. While we may have reasons to disagree with sexual preferences, or reprove certain forms of sexual activity, this can never justify hatred, let alone, murder of another human being,” the statement wrote.