We give thanks to God that the Holy Spirit has inspired the Synod of Bishops to suggest a shift in the Church's pastoral approach towards the LGBT community. As Catholics in the United States, we agree with the bishops that gay and lesbian Catholics have “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community." We've experienced this reality for ourselves. Gay and lesbian 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 brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. We look forward to working with the Holy Father and the bishops to ensure that in the words of Pope Francis our Church is "a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven."

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