Italian archbishop endorses a ‘new pastoral attitude’ for L.G.B.T Catholics 

Archbishop Matteo Zuppi (Photo/Community of Sant'Egidio website)Archbishop Matteo Zuppi (Photo/Community of Sant’Egidio website)

Un ponte da costruire—that’s the Italian translation of the work by James Martin, S.J., Building a Bridge. We can’t help but pay attention to the two halves of the title. First of all, the word “bridge” (ponte in Italian), an expression beloved by Pope Francis, one that brings into respectful communication, potentially empathetic and full of sensitivity, two different groups present in our own church: pastors, and the entire community (both variegated and complex) of homosexual persons, which Father Martin—as he explains in the text—prefers to indicate with the acronym L.G.B.T. He uses the term without ideological intent, but instead with the desire to call these communities by the same name they have given themselves.

Source:  America Magazine

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