Reaction to the document has been swift and critical. The following is a statement released by Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic organizations seeking equality for LGBT members of the church:
“The bishops once again claim that the problem is not that their teachings clash with the Biblical teaching of love, but that Catholics are unaware of the teachings. Catholics are not unaware; rather they have long struggled with these teachings, and ultimately reject them as inconsistent with the Gospel. U.S. bishops have spent millions of dollars defending their right to discriminate against our families, a fact that increases the alienation of many families from the Church.
“We are living the faith we love and speaking up for the Church we believe in. Celebrating the diversity in our Church is integral to our understanding of a faith that stands up for those on the margins and recognizes the face of God in everyone.”