European Bishops Strategize for Positive LGBT Outcome at October’s Synod

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Cardinal Marx speaking at the 2014 Synod

Three of Europe’s top prelates gathered with colleagues in Rome earlier this week, reflecting on how they could implement more pastoral responses to contemporary family issues at the upcoming Synod of Bishops at the Vatican in October.

About fifty bishops and lay theologians gathered at the Pontifical Gregorian University for the closed day of study and reflection, invited by Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, Bishop Markus Büchel of St. Gallen, and Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseilles. The three are the respective episcopal conference presidents of Germany, Switzerland, and France. According to Catholic News Service, the purpose of the gathering was to:

” ‘enrich thinking about the biblical and theological foundations of the themes and clarify the issues at the heart of the current debates on marriage and family’ “

A statement from the Swiss bishops explained how this goal played out during the daylong meeting:

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Pope Francis Invited to Visit New York’s Homeless LGBT Youth

How sad to be thrown out for who you are

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Following an open letter published in the New York Times last spring, Carl Siciliano, an advocate for the homeless, again wrote to Pope Francis on behalf of the LGBT youth for whom he provides care.

Siciliano heads the Ali Forney Center in New York, a social service agency helps young LGBT people experiencing homelessness. Often, they end up on the street because religious parents’ rejection of them. This second letter repeats the invitation to dialogue, this time during the Pope Francis’ visit to New York in September.  He also encouraged the pope to reconsider the church’s teachings on homosexuality because of the harm they cause.  The Huffington Post reported that Siciliano wrote to the pontiff:

“My hope has been strengthened by learning that you will come to New York City this September as a prelude to your participation in the World Conference of Families. What a remarkable opportunity for your to…

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