For too long, many Catholics have refused to meet with LGBT Catholic organizations, for fear of the loud protests that inevitably ensue from the orthotoxic Catholic right. Now, that will have to change: it is reported that Pope Francis himself will be meeting next month with a married, gay Catholic activist in Paraguay.
If Francis can do it, other bishops will have no more excuses. It’s surely time for LGBT Catholic organizations in all areas,who have so far been rebuffed in their requests for meetings with their bishops, to renew their efforts to meet in dialogue with their bishops.
Pope Francis is slated to hold his first public meeting with a married gay activist during a visit to Paraguay in July.
The activist is Simón Cazal, executive director of the Paraguayan LGBT rights group SOMOSGAY, who married another SOMOSGAY activist, Sergio López, in neighboring Argentina in 2012. Though the pope has reportedly held pastoral meetings with some LGBT people, this meeting marks the first time he will publicly meet with an LGBT political activist.
Cazal received an invitation on June 4 from the committee of the Paraguayan bishops’ conference to participate in a roundtable with the pope and civil society leaders. The invitation — provided to BuzzFeed News by SOMOSGAY — said it was extended in recognition of the “high impact of your organization on Paraguayan society.” The meeting will be held on July 11 in the capital, Asunción.
via BuzzFeed News.
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