Can LGBT Issues Be Included at San Diego’s Diocesan Synod? | Bondings 2.0

Following Pope Francis’ lead, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego has called a diocesan synod on marriage. We need to ask: can LGBT issues be included in this synod’s agenda?

Bishop McElroy announced the synod, planned for October 28-29, 2016, in “Embracing the Joy of Love,” his pastoral message responding to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Lay Catholics will be the majority of participants, with each of the diocese’s 100 parishes represented. Discussion groups which include local theologians will meet in the preceding months to further flesh out the agenda in advance

McElroy hopes the two-day synod will hopefully unfold into “a biannual, theme-driven event” to allow for spiritual renewal and lay input in diocesan governance, reported AmericaThe magazine noted this may be “the first such structured diocesan-wide response” to Amoris Laetitia in the world.

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 Diocesan Synod on Marriage

After the Bishops’ Synod on marriage and family, comes news of a diocesan synod on marriage, for San Diego, says National Catholic Reporter. This is excellent in so many respects: but what is there in here for gay or lesbian Catholics – especially those who yearn to marry, but are explicitly forbidden from doing so by the Catholic church, and who in many dioceses, risk losing Church employment if they dare to contract civil marriages in spite of the Church, and this becomes known? All the evidence is that the Church’s perceived hostility to lgbt people is a major cause for the younger generations’ falling away from religious practice. Can we hope that the bishop’s youth task team will have the courage to point this out to him?

San Diego’s Bishop McElroy announces diocesan synod on marriage

Acting on Pope Francis’ wish for a more “synodal” church at all levels and keying on five major themes of the pope’s recent exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy announced May 11 that he will convene a diocesan synod in October focused on marriage and family life.

McElroy’s approach leans heavily on the attitudes expressed in Amoris Laetitia, or “The Joy of Love,” in which the highest ideals of the Catholic view of marriage are tempered with the realities of contemporary life and the everyday challenges faced by married couples. McElroy’s pastoral message, in that regard, acknowledges some of the most daunting challenges facing the church in relating to millennials and incorporating them into the life of the church.

Source:  National Catholic Reporter

KATHOLIKEN WOLLEN HOMOSEXUELLE PAARE SEGNEN – blu hinnerk gab rik Leo

A diocesan synod for Triere has requested church blessings for same-sex couples – with the support of the bishop! This report is in German – but I’ll get to an English translation, later.

Es klingt in seiner klaren Sprache und direkten Formulierung schon fast wie eine Kirchenrevolution. Die Synode empfiehlt,

ein seelsorgliches/pastorales/liturgisches Angebot im Dialog mit gleichgeschlechtlich orientierten Menschen zu entwickeln.

Es war die erste Synode seit 1990. Nach zweieinhalb Jahren Beratung wurde gestern das Reformpapier „heraus rufen – Schritte in die Zukunft wagen“ mit großer Mehrheit in Trier verabschiedet und von Bischof Stephan Ackermann unterzeichnet. Die darin enthaltenen Vorschläge, die nun in die Umsetzungsphase gehen sollen, sind weitreichend.

 

Es war die erste Synode seit 1990. Nach zweieinhalb Jahren Beratung wurde gestern das Reformpapier „heraus rufen – Schritte in die Zukunft wagen“ mit großer Mehrheit in Trier verabschiedet und von Bischof Stephan Ackermann unterzeichnet. Die darin enthaltenen Vorschläge, die nun in die Umsetzungsphase gehen sollen, sind weitreichend.

Katholischen schwulen und lesbischen Eltern werden umfangreiche Verbesserungen angekündigt:

„Der Familienbegriff hat sich in unserer Zeit erweitert. Familie wird nicht nur dort gelebt, wo Ehepaare Kinder haben, sondern auch dort, wo Frauen und Männer etwa in Patchwork-Familien Verantwortung für die Kinder der Partner übernehmen, wo Alleinerziehende oder Nicht-Verheiratete mit ihren Kindern zusammenleben, wo mehrere Generationen unter einem Dach wohnen oder wo gleichgeschlechtliche Partnerinnen und Partner elterliche Verantwortung für Kinder übernehmen.“

 

Source:  blu.fm 

Irish Synod Approves Outreach Proposal to LGBT People, Others Hurt by Church 

Today, Catholic LGBT and ally pilgrims from the U.S. are bound for Ireland, sponsored by New Ways Ministry.   Sister Jeannine Gramick, New Ways Ministry’s Co-Founder, will be the spiritual leader of this pilgrimage group traveling to the “land of rainbows and wedding bells.” Once there, we will celebrate Ireland’s successful referendum last year that legalized marriage equality, as well as meeting with two Irish Catholic LGBT groups along the way.

We will arrive to good news out of Limerick, where Catholics just concluded a diocesan synod last night after 18 months of listening and of dialogue. Last weekend, 400 delegates gathered for the synod, which was described by Bishop Brendan Leahy as the “distilling of the wisdom of the listening that has gone on across the 60 parishes of our diocese of Limerick.”

Delegates considered 100 proposals about church teaching and practice that emerged from a listening process, which included meetings with 1,500 people and other input from more than 5,000 people. The Irish Timesreported on one proposal related to LGBT Catholics:

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