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Join We Are Church Ireland in supporting the LGBT community

11 June 2018

Pope Francis has said about gay people “Who am I to judge?” But the Catholic Catechism still refers to the LGBT community as “objectively disordered.” Would Jesus use these words? Pope Francis is to visit Ireland 25-26 August 2018 and we are calling on him to change theological church LGBT language. If you agree, we invite you to sign this petition.

CCRI joins with We Are Church Ireland in speaking out against Catholic Church officials’ continued insistence on calling the LGBT community’s “inclinations” as “objectively disordered” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2358), or even worse, “ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil” (Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Person, 1986). The Catholic Church’s formal language to describe our LGBT sisters and brothers makes the institutional Church complicit in the marginalization of gay people. Under the guise of religion and faith, the Church models intolerance, breeds prejudices, and attempts to justify discrimination.

We call on the Church to formally change its language about the countless LGBT people whose lives benefit the church and who are impacted by such diminishing language. We invite you to sign this petition now.

Gratefully,

Rene Reid
CCRI director

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