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Pope Francis is urging Catholics to finally embrace the LGBTQ community

Posted by on Apr. 11, 2016 at 1:56 PM
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Pope Francis is urging Catholics to finally embrace the LGBTQ community

Lauren Swanson

Lauren Swanson

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In keeping with his tradition of being super woke, Pope Francis made a broad proclamation that the Roman Catholic Church should be more welcoming toward lesbian, gay, and divorced people.

The Vatican released the 256-page document  known as the "Amoris Laetitia" or the "Joy of Love" on Friday (March 8). It calls for priests to welcome everyone, including single parents, those who identify as LGBTQ, and unmarried straight couples living together, into their churches.

"A pastor cannot feel that it is enough to simply apply moral laws to those living in 'irregular' situations, as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives," he wrote.

While his statements are refreshing, they're not being instated as new rules or edicts. They're merely suggestions for his global church community.

This is a huge step forward for the Catholic Churchwhich previously followed the Catechism to the letter. LGBTQ people were encouraged to remain abstinent, but were also supposed to be accepted with "respect and sensitivity," according to the Human Rights Center. Apparently, Pope Francis is enforcing the last part of that doctrine.   

This isn’t the first time that Pope Francis has shook up Catholicism. In September, he announced that priests around the world would be authorized to forgive the 'sin of abortion' during the church’s"Year of Mercy."

"The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented," the Pope said during a speech at the Vatican this past September 2015. He also said that he has met many women scarred by the painful decision to terminate a pregnancy.

While slow changes are being made to the notoriously stringent Catholic Church, the Pope did againclose the door on same-sex marriage. He said that it cannot be seen as the equivalent of heterosexual unions.

He also admitted, however, that the church has made mistakes by alienating families and wants national governments to provide support for families in the form of health care, education and employment.

It’s promising to see the Catholic Church begin embracing a wide variety of families and people.


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marchantmom06
by Gold Member on Apr. 11, 2016 at 1:59 PM
Good for him
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JTROX
by Platinum Member on Apr. 11, 2016 at 3:23 PM
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Shrugs.  We have gay people in the two parishes I attend.  

Also, abortion was already able to be forgiven in Confession, at least in the US.  In other places it was still forgivable, but was to be done with a Bishop.

..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Apr. 11, 2016 at 3:37 PM
While I do not, and likely never will, agree with Catholic doctrine/dogma, it is awesome to see this Pope be so open and welcoming. He is setting an example, IMO, of what all Christians should strive for.
billsfan1104
by Ruby Member on Apr. 11, 2016 at 3:37 PM
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the Catholic Church alraedy accepted single parents, gay, lesbians and so forth.  WHat they are not going to do is go against their core tenants. 

But articles like this coming from people who hate religion, more specifically, The Catholic Church, I wouldnt expect you guys to understand

romalove
by Roma on Apr. 11, 2016 at 3:39 PM
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Quoting billsfan1104:

the Catholic Church alraedy accepted single parents, gay, lesbians and so forth.  WHat they are not going to do is go against their core tenants. 

But articles like this coming from people who hate religion, more specifically, The Catholic Church, I wouldnt expect you guys to understand

Do you think Cafe Steph hates the Catholic Church or religion?  Do you even know what religion, if any, she is?  How do you determine who does or doesn't hate religion or the Church?

numbr1wmn
by Lina on Apr. 11, 2016 at 3:46 PM

Catholic Churches support and is very accepting of gay people.  They believe in the order and not married in a catholic church. 

People want to keep the hate going that is why it is

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numbr1wmn
by Lina on Apr. 11, 2016 at 3:48 PM
Susan1360
by Silver Member on Apr. 11, 2016 at 3:59 PM
Yet as a Christian, who isn't catholic, I still can't take communion in Catholic Church.
billsfan1104
by Ruby Member on Apr. 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM
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Cafe Steph didnt write the blog piece, one of the TheStir writers did.  If they were trully a Catholic, they wouldnt write this bullshit opinion piece. 

Quoting romalove:

Quoting billsfan1104:

the Catholic Church alraedy accepted single parents, gay, lesbians and so forth.  WHat they are not going to do is go against their core tenants. 

But articles like this coming from people who hate religion, more specifically, The Catholic Church, I wouldnt expect you guys to understand

Do you think Cafe Steph hates the Catholic Church or religion?  Do you even know what religion, if any, she is?  How do you determine who does or doesn't hate religion or the Church?


JTROX
by Platinum Member on Apr. 11, 2016 at 4:04 PM
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Do you believe that the Holy Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ?

Quoting Susan1360: Yet as a Christian, who isn't catholic, I still can't take communion in Catholic Church.


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