The People Speak Out

Local voices connecting globally

This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.  (Pope Francis)

Canon Law 212 calls upon the laity to speak up:

2 - The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.

§3. - According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.


The Catholic Church along with society has almost always condemned the LGBT community. In my ignorance I too found these people wrong……until becoming acquainted with some and have realized that these people have the same needs and desires that the rest of us have. This is not a choice, this is how God made them. I belong to a Catholic community where many gays and lesbians are fully participating and many are more spiritual than other Catholic’s. I also know of a lesbian couple who were very faithful Catholics that left the Church because they did not feel welcome. They are educated, generous, loving and would be an asset to their community. I also have many friends who have children that are gay or lesbian and have been tortured by the Church’s stand because they totally love these family members! We must love and accept these people. Follow Christ’s admonition to love your neighbor as yourself.

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