from Michael Duffy (Board Member | Ingleside, IL)

The predominate impressions that come to mind, as I ponder the four days I spent at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, are those of sadness and pain. The sadness comes from my realization that we, as a Church, are a long way from treating our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexed brothers and sisters as we would like to be treated. The pain is from my direct exposure to the extreme anguish suffered by some LGBTI members of our families as they experience frequent, if not daily, reminders that because of their sexuality they will not be treated with the same dignity and respect as other members of the Catholic community. This pain was most apparent from the stories and very personal testimony of some of those in attendance at our Fortunate Families Parent Gathering.

The Right to Conscientious Objection
from Tony Garascia

Now that the Vatican has clarified the situation concerning Pope Francis’ supposed private audience with Kim Davis – the Vatican statement indicates he met with a group of people, shook their hands and greeted them and he did not endorse her actions – we can assess if there is any good that can be gleaned from this event.