Pope Francis should meet with and listen to LGBTQI Families
"We Are Church Ireland" is appalled and alarmed at the most recent comments made by Pope Francis about LGBTQI families. The Pope's comments may have been unscripted but they clearly reveal the Pope's belief that gay couples are not legitimate families.
In his address to the Italian 'Forum delle Famiglie' he affirmed that 'the family with only a man and a woman, made in the image of God,' is the only one that can be recognised as a true family within the Church.
This definition of a true Catholic family not alone excludes LGBTQI families but also single parent families from being included as real families within the Catholic Church.
'This exclusion from and further marginalisation of LGBTQI families in the life of the Catholic Church by Pope Francis leaves us with very little hope that LGBTQI families will be included as equal participants at the forthcoming World Meeting of Families being held in Dublin next August. Unless LGBTQI families are included in this World Meeting it will be seen as a contradiction of Gospel values. This reinforcement of anti - LGBTQI attitudes and the refusal to recognise LGBTQI families as true Catholic families by Pope Francis will be treated with incredulity and dismay by the Catholic faithful. Pope Francis should meet with and listen to LGBTQI families experiences of loving family life' stated Brendan Butler, spokesperson.
Brendan Butler, We are Church spokesperson.
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18 June 2018