San Diego’s Bishop McElroy Backs LGBT Affirming Words with Action | Bondings 2.0

An African proverb says the following, “When you pray, move your feet.” It captures well the reality that prayer is not platitudes, but an act of one’s whole being. Even in his brief tenure, few bishops have lived this truth as well as Bishop Robert McElroy when it comes to LGBT issues in the church.

Following the massacre at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Bishop McElroy was one of less than ten U.S. bishops whoacknowledged the victims’ targeted identities. He said LGBT people had been “specifically targeted and victimized,” and called on Catholics to root out anti-gay prejudices in church and in society.

McElroy expanded on this statement in an interview with the Jesuit-weekly, America. He affirmed Pope Francis’recommendation that the church should apologize to LGBT people and others it has marginalized, saying:

” ‘When I go out and meet with laypeople. . .so many of them have family members, brother and sisters and sons and daughters, mothers and fathers who are gay or lesbian.’

” ‘For them it is a great and painful thing to feel excluded from the life of the church, and for that element. . .we are not moving fast enough.’

” ‘What we need to project in the life of the church is “You are part of us and we are part of you.” [LGBT Catholics] are part of our families. . .[An apology could] create an understanding and a reality in the life of the church that members of the [LGBT] community are welcome, and genuinely so.’ “

Source: San Diego’s Bishop McElroy Backs LGBT Affirming Words with Action | Bondings 2.0

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