No Welcome for WAC Ireland and GNRC at World Meeting of Families
Jul 28, 2018 — Both WAC Ireland and GNRC (Global Network of Rainbow Catholics) are disappointed by the discriminatory manner by which they have been treated by the World Meeting of Families in being refused an exhibition stand at the R.D.S. Despite repeated requests for a decision about their applications, and information that booth spaces are still available, neither group has received a response.
The silence regarding the groups’ outreach booths comes in the wake of a conflicted history on LGBTI issues for World Meeting of Families 2018. Despite early comments by Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and other Irish church officials saying they expected same-gender couples and LGBTI families to be welcomed at the meeting, a promotional booklet for the Vatican-sponsored event deleted images deemed to depict same-gender couples and their families. A video also deleted remarks by Los Angeles auxiliary Bishop and Cork native David O’Connell referencing family models including “gay couple raising children, people in second marriages.”
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