Gay Catholic ministry responds to Vatican’s message of welcome

Excerpt from the Windy City Times:

October 13, 2014: Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic organizations committed to justice and equality for LGBT people in the church and society, released the following statement in response to the Synod on the Family’s recently released midterm report, which states that “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community”:

We are thrilled that the Synod is recognizing what Catholics in the pews have long known: that LGBT individuals are a sacred part of our parish communities and bring immeasurable gifts to the church. We hope these words from the synod will inspire the US Bishops to celebrate the contributions LGBT people make to Catholic schools, hospitals and parishes. In recent years, dozens of dedicated Catholic employees in the United States have been fired because of their gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status. We pray that these strong words from the synod will make these witch hunts a thing of the past, and will encourage Catholic dioceses and institutions to more fully celebrate the unique gifts LGBT employees bring to the workplace.

While there is much to applaud in the synod’s recently released midterm report, it is also a reminder that we still have a long way to go before LGBT people will reach full equality in our church. As long as the institutional church continues to reiterate its flawed teachings on same-sex relationships, these valuable members of the church will be kept from offering the fullness of themselves and their gifts to their communities. In order to truly welcome and celebrate LGBT Catholics, the church must also recognize the sanctity of LGBT couples and families. We pray that this document will bring us one step closer to the day when LGBT families will be unconditionally welcomed, supported and celebrated by our parish communities.

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