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|Summary:||Mexico´s christian gay community prepares for Pope's visit|
|Date:||07/28/2002 04:00 AM|
|People:||Pope John Paul II|
Mexico City - 30th June
1. Wide of faithfull during religious service
2. Medium of the same
3. Tilt up imageof Christ
4. Medium of reverend Jorge Sosa conducting service
5. Cutaway candle
6. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Rev. Jorge Sosa:
"(They say) You can come over here but I will remove the devil of
your homosexuality from you, so basically they are not accepting me. The
Metropolitan Community Church is born out of the necessity to bring the
gospel to everbody, without wanting to change them".
File - March 2001
7. Medium of Miguel and Luis exchanging rings at their wedding
Mexico City - 30th June
8. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Miguel
"I was brough up in the Roman Catholic Church but what I found there
was a lot of oppression, the inability to interpret the gospel beyond
the traditional ideas, the inability to accept reality, the inability to
question faith and to live as a homesexual. I could not live my
homosexuality entirely because of the guilt and all of that"
9. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Miguel - part overlaid:
"It was difficult for my father. My mother had been known for years,
but my father found out only weeks before the ceremony took place. But
they were all here with me".
10. Cuatway candle stick
11. Wide of banner reading "this church accepts homosexuals,
transexuals, lesbians, transvestites..."
29th June 2002
12. Medium of Gay Pride Parade
30th June 2002
13. SOUNDBITE: Spanish) Rev. Jorge Sosa:
"If the sexual problems of the Catholic Church are due to
homosexuality, how can it explain the heterosexual rapes, the
paedofilia? We have in several occasions been asked whether we would
take in those priests expelled form the Church for paedofilia and we
have refused, we have a zero tolerance policy with regard to paedofilia"
14. Cutaway cross
15. Wide of Rev. Sosa saying goodbye to faithfull
16. Medium of Rev. Sosa waving goodbye
Mexico, traditionally the feud of the Catholic Church in Latin America, is getting ready for the fith visit of Pope John Paul II.
8 million pilgrims are expected to gather around the Basilica grounds where the Pontiff will conduct the cannonisation of the first Mexican Indian, Juan Diego, on the 31st of July.
But not everybody feels included in the celebration.
The Church is widely discredited for recent scandals of sex priest abuse - such as the reported cases of paedofilia and rapes of nuns - and Mexico´s gay community says to have felt the consequences.
At the Metropolitan Community Church in Mexico City, a small community wants to include the outcasts from conventional christianity.
They accept everybody, homosexual and hetorosexual, who feels discriminated by traditional Catholic and Evangelists churches.
But they admit, their cult is a mix of both rituals in an attempt to appeal to the widest audience possible.
Conservative groups within the Catholic Church want to expel gay priests.
According to Rev. Jorge Sosa, they have been asked in many occassions to allow priests - relieved of their duties within the Catholic Church due to paedofilia accusations - to accept them, but, he says the community has refused.
Here in Mexico City, this unconventional church has a limited bunch of regular faithfull.
Around 100 people attend services on Sundays regularly.
Gay attitudes are not easily accepted in this very traditional, Catholic and highly "macho" society.
Miguel, a declared homosexual, started coming to the church in 1993.. After a lapse of three years, he returned to it in 1998.
On March 2001, he got "married" to his partner Luis Alvarez at the church.
Miguel is a fervent activist for gay rights and he also actively participates in the religious services of the church.
So is his partner Luis.
The weddings here are called "Holy Unions".
The church is not not registered at the Ministry of the Interior and it survives thanks to private donations.
The first Metropolitan Community Church was born on Oct. 6 1968 in California, U-S, with a mission to minister to lesbians and gay men.
Its founder, Reverend Troy Perry, was a pastor for the Church of God until he was excommunicated for homosexuality.
There are over two hundred congregations in nine countries, it is the largest organization in the world ministering to gay people.