CACG's executive director Christopher Hale released the following statement on Pope Francis's statement that the Church should apologize to the LGBT community:
Pope Francis is right: we should apologize for our Church's mistreatment of the LGBT community. Upon reflection, we must see that we at times have contributed towards the violence and exclusion faced by so many of our LGBT friends. Then we can join with the Psalmist who cried out, "forgive us, Lord, for we have sinned!'
Slowly, our Church is evolving on this sensitive issue. We've experienced this reality ourselves the gifts and qualities that LGBT persons bring to our communities. LGBT Catholics teach our children the faith of Jesus Christ. They serve the poor in our soup kitchens and social service agencies. They minister to the sick in our hospitals. More than anything, they're children of God and our brothers, sisters, and friends in Jesus Christ. In short, when we encounter an LGBT person, we encounter Jesus Christ himself.
Catholics must work with Pope Francis to ensure his dream for the Church becomes our lived reality: "Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven."
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