Inclusion for LGBT people
There was great excitement in the RDS as thousands gathered from across the globe to attend the Pastoral Congress in anticipation for the Pope’s visit. However there have been many voices who are saying that LGBT people are being excluded from the World Meeting of Families.
James Martin SJ, renowned American author and consultant to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, gave a workshop entitled ‘Showing welcome and respect in our parishes for LGBT people and their families,’ at the World Meeting of Families 2018 Pastoral Congress in the RDS, Dublin on 23 August 2018. In this interview with Pat Coyle, he shared many personal stories of LGBT exclusion by priests and religious and encouraged the faithful to “stand up”and fight against this type of injustice.
At a packed talk, he recounted experiences of deep pain among LGBT people as well as examples of parishes were great work was being done regarding LGBT inclusivity. He offered concrete suggestions for bringing about change and reform in parishes so that LGBT people and their families could feel welcome and supported.
He indicated that standing up for LGBT people can be put forward as an example of tackling injustice for Catholics around the world.