PRAYERS FOR BENEDICT, HOPES FOR HIS SUCCESSOR

Equally Blessed coalition prays for a pope who understands damage done by discriminatory policies on LGBT issues 
 

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 11, 2013--The Equally Blessed coalition released this statement on the impending resignation of Pope Benedict XVI:

We join with Catholics around the world who are grateful that Pope Benedict XVI had the foresight and humility to resign his office for the sake of the church to which he has given his life.

With the pope’s impending resignation, the church has an opportunity to turn away from his oppressive policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, and their families and friends, and develop a new understanding of the ways in which God is at work in the lives of faithful and loving people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We pray for a pope who is willing to listen to and learn from all of God’s people. We pray for a pope who will realize that in promoting discrimination against LGBT people, the church inflicts pain on marginalized people, alienates the faithful and lends moral credibility to reactionary political movements across the globe. We pray for a pope who will lead the church in looking the sexual abuse scandal squarely in the eye and make a full report on the complicity of the hierarchy in the sexual trauma inflicted on children around the world. We pray for a pope who is willing to make himself vulnerable on behalf of the voiceless, the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed.

We pray too for Pope Benedict XVI, in gratitude for his devotion to the church, and in the hope that he enjoys a long and peaceful retirement.

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Equally Blessed is a coalition of four Catholic organizations that have spent more than 120 years working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families. Collectively and individually, Call To Action, DignityUSA, Fortunate Families, and New Ways Ministry are devoted to informing, supporting and giving voice to the growing majority within the Catholic Church in the United States that favors equality under law for LGBT people.

2 Comments

Always our Children

Thanks for posting. I wonder how much influence the US might have in helping elect a more open-minded Pope? Do you know about the publication of "Always Our Children" by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops? While it does not come out and accept homosexuality (couldn't go that far, now could they...) it does urge parents of questioning or GLBT children to love and accept them. My guess is that not many Catholic families even know this document exists... http://ow.ly/hCJ9l

Thanks!

Thanks for the comment Shelia!  We are aware of "Always Our Children" and are thrilled that others know about it too! If you are looking for more resources, be sure to check out our coalition members' websites - they all have fabulous resources for parents of LGBT youth, and LGBT teens and adults! Thanks for the support!!

Amelia
Coordinator, Equally Blessed

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