World Meeting of Families Booklet reprinted: Mainly photos showing same gender couples all replaced by traditional families, With 2 Comments, Category: Church News, Church Reform, Latest News, LGBT, Marriage Equality Referendum, Pope Francis,
Following strong criticism from traditional conservative groups (see for example: Life Site News 17 October 2017), Dublin Diocese decided to reprint the booklet “Six-Session Parish Conversation” replacing 6 photos and deleting one completely.
While the original booklet made no mention of same gender couples or divorced and remarried couples, it did include a number of photos which appeared to show same gender couples. This was a small token acknowledging that the position of same gender couples has changed dramatically over the past decade, even if the official teaching of the Catholic Church still refers to them as “intrinsically disordered”.
As well as the changes of photos one very important paragraph has also been deleted, despite the fact that it contained an exhortation from Pope Francis:
“While the Church upholds the ideal of marriage as a permanent commitment between a man and a woman, other unions exist which provide mutual support to the couple. Pope Francis encourages us never to exclude but to accompany these couples also, with love, care and support." (Text deleted which was originally on Page 24)
It is a shameful betrayal of where Ireland is today with a large majority voting for marriage equality in 2015. In October 2017 Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick had said that Gay couples must be made welcome at next year's World Meeting of Families in Ireland. And Archbishop Martin said Catholic bishops should not “allow ourselves to be become entangled in trying to produce definitions of the family” because different cultural values mean family “cannot be defined simply”.
Sadly it appears that both Archbishop Martin and Bishop Leahy have been pushed aside by the traditional conservative wing which opposes the very necessary reforms which Pope Francis is trying to introduce. The fear is that WMoF in August 2018 will be as traumatic for LGBT and divorced & remarried as the Philadelphia WMoF in 2015.