A leading Brazillian Bishop has asserted his belief that homosexuality is a "gift from God," and says he seeks to "save lives" by removing the prejudice felt on the issue. “If it is not a choice, if it is not a disease, in the perspective of faith it can only be a gift,” Bishop Antônio Carlos Cruz said, according to Crux Now.
“The gospel par excellence is the gospel of inclusion,” he continued. “The gospel is a narrow door, yes, it is a demanding love, but it is a door that is always open." The Bishop asserted his belief that people should be allowed to live out their sexual orientation “in a dignified, ethical way, or in a promiscuous one. But promiscuity can be lived in any of the orientations.”
Cruz says that it is now time to love people of differing sexual orientation, not to ostracize them. "So many brothers and sisters with a homosexual orientation who feel misunderstood and unloved by us, who are Church, by their families, by their society and even by themselves, as it was in the days of slavery," he said after hearing of the high suicide rates of transvestites and transsexuals.
He says that his "intention is to save lives, helping to overcome prejudices that kill and enter into the dynamic of God’s mercy that respects, rescues and saves people.”