In Laudato Sii, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, the pontiff has a number of quotations which are worth noting for Catholic LGBT advocates. Although the context of his comments are the environment, if Pope Francis would apply the same reasoning behind these quotes to LGBT issues, we would be moving toward a church of greater equality.
Here are some worth noting:
Paragraph 13: “Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.” As today’s earlier Bondings 2.0 post reported, young people are also demanding change on LGBT issues, and “the sufferings of the excluded” is a main motivation for their call for change.
Paragraph 14:“We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” The same conversation is needed for LGBT issues, and the conversation must include LGBT people.
Paragraph 15:“I will begin by briefly reviewing several aspects of the present ecological crisis, with the aim of drawing on the results of the best scientific research available today, letting them touch us deeply and provide a concrete foundation for the ethical and spiritual itinerary that follows.” If Pope Francis would similarly respond to the results of the best scientific and social scientific research on sexual orientation and same-gender relationships, church teaching would develop in this regard.
These were found on a quick, initial reading of the document. If, after more careful reading, other quotes emerge that are relevant to LGBT issues, we will post them.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry