MANILA, Philippines - The Catholic Church will never recognize the same-sex weddings held in Baguio City over the weekend, officials of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said.
Baguio Bishop Carlito Cenzon said the wedding rites of a male couple and 7 lesbian couples are an insult to the Catholic Church, as well as the country’s Civil Code.
In a report from the CBCP News, retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz added “even if they get married, five times, 10 times, 20 times, or 100 times, no wedding had taken place. It was not a legal matrimony.” He is also judicial vicar of the National Appellate Matrimonial Tribunal of the CBCP.
The unions were solemnized by the pastors of the Metropolitan Community Church of Metro Baguio.
Cenzon said the group is not part of the Roman Catholic Church.
“Let’s be careful on this group because they try to claim that they are part of the Catholic Church. Even the Baguio local government is condemning this kind of act,” he said.
The unions came on the back of the historic congressional approval of same-sex marriages in New York.