Equally Blessed laments Pope’s disparagement of LGBT people, families

Coalition of four Catholic groups offers “healthier, godly” vision of human family
WASHINGTON, D. C., December 21--Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican bureaucracy have released a number of troubling statements in recent days disparaging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and speaking against their right to be treated fairly in civil society.

In L’Osservatore Romano, historian Lucetta Scaraffia compared proponents of marriage equality to 20th-century communists who wooed millions with their promise of perfect social and economical equality.

In an address released earlier this week, the pope labeled same-sex marriage as a threat to world peace. Yesterday, in a speech to Vatican bureaucrats he denounced what he described as people who manipulate their God-given gender to suit their sexual choices — and destroying the very "essence of the human creature" in the process.

These harsh statements are particularly dispiriting at this sacred time of year when families that include LGBT children, parents and grandparents gather to celebrate the birth of the Christ child. We could find fault with Ms. Scaraffia’s historical comparison, or the pope’s rigid and outmoded understanding of what it means to be a man or a woman. Instead we remember that Jesus, when asked by messengers from John the Baptist whether He was the Messiah, told them to go back and tell John about what they saw happening all around them: the sick were being healed, the lame made to walk and good news was being proclaimed to the poor.

What we see when we look around us are heterosexual parents loving their LGBT children and advocating for their dignity and equality; same-gender couples creating safe and happy homes for their children; and transgender people like those whom the pope criticizes living healthy, mature, and generous lives.

Increasingly Catholics in the United States and around the world see what we see. Catholics, following their own well-formed consciences, are voting to support equal rights for LGBT people because in their churches and communities they see a far healthier, godly and realistic vision of the human family than the one offered by the pope. We commend it to him for his consideration.

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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.

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I'm not Catholic, gay,

I'm not Catholic, gay, lesbian, or transgender. But I am so happy to see that groups like this exist. You give me hope for the future of the Catholic church, and the inherent goodness in so many people. Thank you.

Power to Intimidate kills the Intimate

I exchange the peace, I am warmed by some faces and warned by others....I have not tried to make it known--but it is known: I am transgendered. I see the look of love in the face of some Eucharistic ministers. I see the "If I had anything to say you'd be out!" look on others. I am thankful that it is not up to them whether I receive or not. I feel the joy of singing the final hymn, I hear the organ soar on the great Holy God we praise Thy Name. I am blessed by our Lord's presence in the Most Holy Sacrament of The Altar. Then...I look down at my bulletin. I read about a website where I can "defend marriage between one man and one woman". Suddenly I am an outsider. Just knowing that some agree with the premise that I am instrinsically dissordered makes me feel like a Jew in Nazi Germany....or like a Gay person in Africa....or like an African person in South Africa forty-five years ago. When I come to Equally Blessed, I am moved to joy in that I am able to claim, if just for a moment, all the wonderful things The Catholic Faith means to me. This ministry is so important. Please do not cease to exist! Please do not have a website that grows cold. The hatred is growing against us. Please....help us...Please...love us.

Thank YOU!

Janine,

Thank you so much for your words of kindness, hope and love. Thank YOU for supporting us and for being a light in the darkness. Our Church is in desperate need of your light, passion and love - never let it be extinguished! 

Please let us know how we can futher support you in your journey! 

With peace and prayers,

Amelia (Coordinator, Equally Blessed)

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