Being gay is a “gift from God” according to one Catholic bishop in Brazil. Bishop Antônio Carlos Cruz Santos said:
“‘If [being gay] is not a choice, if it is not a disease, in the perspective of faith it can only be a gift. . .The gospel par excellence is the gospel of inclusion. . .The gospel is a narrow door, yes, it is a demanding love, but it is a door that is always open.'”
Cruz added that perhaps “our prejudices do not get the gift of God” in LGBT people. Prejudice, he said, puts “concept before experience” and creates a negative impact.
As a black bishop, he related the situation with homosexuality today to a time when black people were enslaved due to white people’s prejudices, adding:
“‘Just as we were able to leap, in the wisdom of the Gospel, and overcome slavery, is it not the time for us to leap, from a perspective of faith, and overcome prejudices against our brothers who experience same-sex attraction?'”
Cruz also preached that people discover their sexual orientation rather than choose it.