An Irish Bishop has compared homosexuality to Down's syndrome, claiming that neither are "part of God's plan".
Elphin Bishop Kevin Doran made the remarks during an interview on Irish radio show NewsTalk Breakfast
this week, where he argued that people should reject the forthcoming referendum on same-sex marriage because LGBT people aren't able to naturally procreate.
“What the church asks of people who are homosexual by orientation is exactly the same as what the church asks of people who are heterosexual, that they reserve sexual relationships to marriage,” said Doran. “Now, it’s a completely different question to say that we believe marriage is between a man and a woman.”
He continued: “That would be to suggest that some people are born with Down’s syndrome or spina bifida, that that was what God intended,” Doran opined. “The thing about it is, I can’t see it in the mind of God.”
“It would be wrong to suggest that everything that happens, happens because God intended it. If that were the case, we’d be talking about a very different kind of God.”
Later on in the interview, Doran went on to suggest that LGBT couples who choose to have children are "not necessarily parents".
“People who have children are not necessarily parents. They may be recognized in law as their parent, but the whole relationship between life giving and parenthood is being separated.”
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