Archbishop Chaput responds to a pilgrim's open letter
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput recently responded to one of the Equally Blessed pilgrims who will attend the World Meeting of Families this September in Philadelphia, along with almost two dozen others who want to make sure that LGBT families and voices are heard.
Susanne wrote, in part:
It seems you are not aware of the presence of many baptized, confirmed, and faithful Catholics who happen to be LGBT and who try to participate fully in the Church’s faith life. ... As Pope Francis, the guest of honor at the WMF, has shown, our Church needs more discussion of LGBT issues, not silence and secrecy, not duplicity, not obsession with sexual topics. His guidance to bishops at the Rome synod last year opened the first honest conversation about lesbian and gay relationships the hierarchy has ever had. ... It seems you are not aware of the presence of many baptized, confirmed, and faithful Catholics who happen to be LGBT and who try to participate fully in the Church’s faith life.
Archbishop Chaput wrote in reply:
We have a foundational responsibility to being faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ regarding the meaning of marriage and the meaning of human seuxality. No posturing on the part of others will ever lead to changes on those matters. It seems many people prefer wordly ways rather than the ways of Jesus.
You can read the full text of Susanne's letter and Archbishop Chaput's reply in this post, over at our World Meeting of Families blog. While you're there, be sure to check out some of the other posts from our Equally Blessed families, as well!