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Read our response to the long-awaited statement concluding the Synod on the Family.
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Like you, we have waited for the Vatican statement concluding the recent Synod on the Family. We were hopeful, but not expecting much change. We know that there are places in the Church where our children feel welcome, but we also know there are bishops in other countries calling for jailing LGBT+ persons simply for being in loving relationships. Our Church fathers speak with many voices. Pope Francis gave us glimmers of hope, but not what we wanted to hear -- which is simply for all our children to be able to love, create families, work and live without fear. The following statement comes from our board and founders:
Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") contains many positive statements concerning the role of conscience in pastoral guidance of the divorced and remarried. We feel that this document would have been even more powerful if only the Pope would specifically connect this primary teaching of conscience formation to our LGBT children, who often feel called by God to full participation, including sexual intimacy, in a committed relationship.

We are disappointed that the document fails to call Church institutions to be just with regard to the employment practices it applies to LGBT persons and to clearly state that the Church is against anti-LGBT violence.

Positive statements on the issues of gender expression and language based on solid scientific evidence are also lacking. 

It is disappointing that the document’s message of compassion was simply repeated without a commitment to truly listen to the experiences of our LGBT children. As parents of LGBT children we will continue to stress the primacy of conscience and remind the hierarchy that this fundamental teaching of the Church applies to the lives of our LGBT children and our families.
 
We offer our voice as the only
Catholic organization for parents of LGBT+ children.
We can keep our message out there with your help.

  

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