A Roman Catholic diocese near Madrid is being investigated after a Spanish newspaper reported that it was running courses to “cure” gay men of homosexuality.
The deputy head of the Madrid regional administration, Pedro Rollán, warned of penalties if the Church had broken the region’s anti-homophobia laws.
The diocese of Alcalá de Henares, north-east of Spain’s capital, denied offering such “cures”, in a statement. It added it provided pastoral and spiritual company to those freely seeking it.
The controversy erupted after report by El Diario, in which a reporter posed as a gay man seeking sexual orientation help from the Alcalá clergy.
The Madrid administration has outlawed conversion classes for LGBT citizens and can be punished with fines of up to €45,000.