In an interview with Terra Mexico posted yesterday, José Raúl Vera López -- the Roman Catholic bishop of Saltillo, Mexico -- spoke out forcefully against homophobia. Bp. Vera said that people must stop using the words of the Bible to bash LGBTs, and that when one reads the Bible within its proper historical context, it becomes crystal clear that it does not condemn homosexuality as we understand it today.
The bishop reserved his harshest criticism for homophobes:
"Why would I immediately think a gay or lesbian person is perverse or depraved the moment they approach me? That's how people who are homophobic react. It's a mental illness in which you see gays as depraved and promiscuous. You have to be sick in the head for that."
Watch Bishop Vera's remarks, with English subtitles, after the jump.