The Catholic Church in Mexico has rejected accusations that it is homophobic for opposing gay marriage.

In an op-ed published in the weekly Desde la Fe (From the Faith), the Archdiocese of Mexico said it is “a myth and a fallacy to believe that anyone, because of their personal status, is discriminated by the church, or excluded from the requirements of the Christian way to achieve salvation. The Church is not in the world to condemn, but to save.”

In the editorial Gays and the Church, the church says it is “absurd” to believe that gay men and lesbians don't have a place in the Catholic Church.

Catholic leaders, led by the Archbishop of Guadalajara Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, have harshly criticized Mexico City's gay marriage law and a Supreme Court ruling upholding its constitutionality.

Sandoval Iniguez accused Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard and his government of bribing the high court to rule in favor of its gay marriage law and condemned the court for betraying Mexico, the family and natural law. Ebrard responded with a lawsuit.

“I do not know of any of you who would like to be adopted by a pair of lesbians of a pair of fags,” Sandoval Iniguez said during a press conference in Aguascalientes. “I think not.”

While the church reconsidered the language used over the past few weeks, it also reiterated its opposition to gay marriage, saying such unions should not be called marriage “because they lack any element to be considered as such.”