Faithfulness and commitment are the most important element in sexual relations, and that’s what the Church should be most concerned about, says Bishop Michael Ingham of the Diocese of New Westminster.

Fidelity in relationships should be the principle standard for a Christian sexual ethics, not sexual orientation, nor procreation, nor even marriage, he told a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 28.

The bishop travelled from his diocese in Vancouver, Canada, on the invitation to speak at the 23rd World Conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).

He was also scheduled, along with other religious leaders, to speak to the final session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

However the UN group’s meeting, also in Geneva, was cut short. The UNCHR was recently replaced by the vote of the UN’s General Assembly with a new Human Rights Council, which is to be elected in May and convene in June.

Bishop Ingham’s submission to the Human Rights Commission can be found here .