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In response to Dominica’s High Court decision recognising the right of same-sex adults to engage in consenting sexual activities in privacy, the Diocese of Roseau has reaffirmed its position on marriage and sexuality.

An April 23 release undersigned by Msgr William John-Lewis, Delegate of the Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Gabriel Malzaire of Castries, said that the Church teaches that sexual intimacy is reserved for marriage between a man and a woman, and views same-sex sexual activities as contrary to this understanding.

It outlined that the Catholic Church holds a traditional view on marriage and sexual ethics, rooted in its religious teachings and moral beliefs, which have as their basis God’s “holy and unchanging word”.

The Church’s stance on same-sex relationships and sexual activities is based on its interpretation of natural law and biblical principles.

The statement said the Church acknowledges the dignity of all individuals and advocates for respect and compassion towards people with same-sex attractions. However, it upholds the belief that sexual acts outside of heterosexual marriage are “inconsistent with its teachings”.

The statement further said that the Catholic Church encourages dialogue and understanding while remaining steadfast in its convictions regarding sexual morality and the sanctity of marriage and the family as foundational to the well-being of society.

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