Finally, while this is groundbreaking, it’s important to keep it in context. Pope Francis did not say church teaching was changing. He also placed the answer in a larger context, which included many groups that might have been offended by the church. Still, the tone and the response itself are historic. It is a very positive step forward for the L.G.B.T. community and the church. And of course the first is part of the second.
What can be done next? For one thing, bishops might be encouraged to listen more carefully—or just to listen—to the L.G.B.T. community. What are their experiences? What are their experiences of God? Of the church? That would be a good beginning.
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