The Listening Process

Reports from the Provinces - The Episcopal Church in the Philippines.

Homosexuality is not seen as an issue in the Episcopal Church of the Philippines. There has been no discussion of the issue at provincial or diocesan level.

The gay community is becoming more visible in the society and they are not discriminated against in the society or in the Church. They are understood to be different in their orientation. There are same sex couples living together, but they are not seeking either civil unions or church blessings and they are aware that marriage in the Philippines is between a man and a woman.

The only discrimination has come from the Roman Catholic Church which has seen the presence of gays in the Priesthood and among the seminarians as a problem and have sought to ban gays.

The Episcopal Church in the Philippines has gay priests. They are expected to live to the standards of the Church and society in sex and marriage.

The Church has phased out its own program on AIDS/HIV and is now co-operating with the AIDS/HIV program of the National Council of Churches.