- Archbishop Joseph KurtzPresident, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Objectively disordered? Intrinsically evil? #HateHurts! Change the Catholic catechism.
The Catholic community of Call To Action continues to stand in solidarity with those horrifically attacked in Orlando on June 12, 2016. We feel it is imperative for us to boldly speak out against Catholic Church officials' continued insistence on calling the LGBTQ community’s “inclinations” as “objectively disordered” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2358), or even worse, “ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil” (Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Person, 1986).
The hierarchical Catholic Church’s hurtful and inflammatory language to describe our LGBTQ brothers and sisters makes the institutional Church complicit in fanning the flames of hatred and violence. Under the guise of religion and faith, the Church models intolerance, breeds prejudice, and attempts to justify discrimination.
We cannot be silent.
Call To Action calls on officials within the institutional Catholic Church to open up conversations with LGBTQ communities in order to move the Church beyond words and teachings that are openly hostile, arouse anger, and engender deep animosity and pain.
We call for change in the Catholic Church's official language and teaching on our LGBTQ siblings.
We call on officials to, instead, embody paths of greater dialogue and understanding, tolerance and affirmation, healing and reconciliation.
Until we come together and expunge the hateful rhetoric and discriminatory teachings coming from and in the name of our Church, we contribute to the strife and violence directed towards LGBTQ communities.
- President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz
Objectively disordered? Instrinsically evil? No more hate! Change the Catholic catehcism and support our LGBTQ brothers and sisters!
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