A handful of protestors went to the cathedral this week with LGBT flags. Photo: Depositphotos Spain's Roman Catholic Church on Friday defended a bishop whose diocese near Madrid is being investigated after a newspaper reported it ran "courses" to "cure" gay men of their homosexuality.
The newspaper said the diocese has allegedly been running "illegal courses" to "cure" homosexuality since 2009 when Juan Antonio Reig Pla, who has a long history of speaking out against homosexuality, became its bishop.
A handful of protesters, some of them draped with the rainbow flag of gay pride, protested against the bishop inside Alcala de Henares' cathedral on Tuesday evening just before mass was due to start. They chanted "leave Alcala" and "love doesn't have a cure, hate does" before police arrived and ordered them to leave.
In a statement on its website the diocese of Alcala de Henares called the report "fake news" and a "theatrical montage", but added it offered help to those who request it.
Asked about the controversy on Friday, Luis Arguello Garcia, the spokesman for Spain's Episcopal Conference, the Church leadership in the country, expressed his "support and affection" for the bishop of Alcala and "rejected the irruption of a group of vociferous people in a temple where a mass was being celebrated."
He added "homosexuality is not cured" but the Church was willing to "accompany" people who are "uncomfortable" with their homosexuality.
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