LGBT Lobby Attempts to Block Lecture by Gay Author; Demanded Apology
Date of incident: February 7, 2017
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith / Morals
Two LGBT groups in Barcelona demanded that the Archdiocese prohibit a February 11, 2017 lecture by Philippe Ariño in the parish of Santa Ana on the grounds that the content would be "seriously homophobic" in violation of Catalonia anti-discrimination law. The lecture by a young French Catholic man who is homosexual and advocates celibacy as a means to resist homosexual urges was organized by the Youth Delegation of the Archdiocese. The LGBT groups have also demanded an apology from the Archbishop.
The organizing group defended its decision to invite Ariño, saying that it was an important topic and that Ariño would come to tell his own story, and that the event would provide an opportunity for discussion and debate.
Source: El Mundo