The Archdioceses of Cuenca opened their doors this week with a simple message for the gay community. “As long as you respect our position and we respect yours, we can all be accepted in the church,” said Father Joffre Astudillo, Secretary of the Cuenca Archdioceses. Father Astudillo said members of the LGBTI (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals, and Intersexuals) community can participate and partake in all the sacraments of the church with the exception of marriage. They are able to participate in the mass, receive communion, be confirmed, and participate in all the church activities. “We may not share the same…
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