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.

I was raised Catholic, and I stand by Jesus' radical teachings of love and acceptance for all.

As a young queer person, I felt displaced by the church. My church taught me that being gay was something to feel ashamed of. I struggled with self acceptance for many years. I'm now a proud gay woman, but I want to do more for women's rights and for LGBT rights in religious communities. I'm so glad I found a group of other Christians who truly understand that this religion is supposed to be about love and not hate.

God bless you all!{jcomments on}