The Archbishop of Singapore has called upon the Holy Spirit to “restore” gay people to a life of “wholeness” in an open letter.

The LGBT community in Singapore has been facing a backlash over the past week, after a government minister condemned Goldman Sachs for holding an LGBT networking event.

The Archbishop of Singapore, William Goh, wrote in a letter: “The Catholic Church has always maintained, and continues to maintain, that the family, comprising a father, mother and children, remains the basic building block of society.

“She recognises that there are individuals who are attracted to people of the same sex… Although the Church treats each individual, regardless of his/her sexual orientation, with sensitivity and respect for his/her dignity, she upholds the view that LGBT sexual relationships are not in accordance with the plan of God.

“This kind of lifestyle should not be promoted by Catholics as it is detrimental to society, is not helpful to integral human development and contrary to Christian values.

“Whilst the Church urges compassion, acceptance, patient understanding and mutual respect for these individuals, she believes that there are ways to ensure justice and the protection of their dignity without the risk of endangering the future of the marriage institution, family and society.

“May the Holy Spirit restore them to wholeness, and may He also enlighten our minds and guide us in the path of truth and justice, tempered by compassion.”