Pulse anniversary: Church plays wounding role to LGBT people | National Catholic Reporter

When Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 48 others inside a prominent gay night club in Orlando, Florida, a year ago this week, the city’s Catholic bishop, John G. Noonan, denounced what he called a “massive assault on the dignity of human life.” The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishopslamented the “unspeakable violence.” The Vatican’s press office released a statement decrying “such terrible and absurd violence.” Among these sincere expressions of grief, not one recognized the fact that this assault on human dignity and this horrific crime had targeted gay people specifically.

Even as nearly every bishop in the country missed an obvious opportunity to express solidarity with LGBT people in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, those in the church hierarchy who did respond clearly — including Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich — offer cautious hope that the nation’s most influential church can chart a better path forward when it comes to affirming the human rights of LGBT people.

The first step in what will be a slow healing process is for Catholic leaders to acknowledge the church plays a role in wounding LGBT people by using dehumanizing language.

Source: National Catholic Reporter

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