Missão, Valores e Objetivos do GNRC

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MISSÃO DO REDE GLOBAL DE CATÓLICOS ARCO-ÍRIS

A Rede Global de Católicos Arco-íris (GNRC) reúne num mesmo lugar grupos e membros individuais, que trabalham em prol do cuidado pastoral e da justiça para com as pessoas lésbicas, gays, bissexuais, transgéneros e intersexo (LGBTI) e suas famílias. A rede trabalha pela inclusão, dignidade e igualdade desta comunidade na Igreja Católica Romana e na Sociedade.

 

ÉTICA & VALORES

1) A GNRC representa diversas orientações sexuais, identidades de género e expressões, características sexuais, culturais, étnicas e experiências vitais. Os membros da GNRC estão unidos por uma Fé Cristã partilhada, a qual nos chama a orar e trabalhar para assegurar que as pessoas LGBTI e suas famílias tenham filiação completa e participativa em todas as áreas da Igreja Católica.

2) Inspirados no Evangelho de Jesus e na tradição de justiça social Católica, respeitamos a intrínseca dignidade humana e a valorização igualitária de todas as pessoas, independentemente da sua orientação sexual, estado civil, identidade de género ou caraterísticas sexuais. Imaginamos uma Igreja Católica onde todos os filhos de Deus possam viver, trabalhar, render culto e exercer o ministério harmoniosamente, uns com os outros, e contribuir para a saúde e bem-estar de todos.

3) A nossa Fé chama-nos a desafiar todas as estruturas discriminatórias e avançar pela igualdade das pessoas LGBTI. As leis civis e da Igreja devem proteger e valorizar os direitos humanos, não os rebaixar ou negar. Qualquer lei ou prática que oprima, restrinja, castigue ou fira as pessoas LGBTI é contrária ao Evangelho.

4) Confirmamos os dons espirituais e experiências de vida que as pessoas LGBTI trazem ao Povo de Deus. Valorizamos o diálogo aberto, sincero e respeitoso baseado no encontro com as pessoas e comunidades sob o espírito de reconciliação.

5) Como membros das GNRC mantemo-nos em solidariedade e oração, entre uns e outros, através das nossas variadas experiências, lutas e oportunidades. Sob esse mesmo espírito, comprometemo-nos a uma cooperação ecuménica e diálogo interreligioso sobre temas LGBTI.

6) Confirmamos a bondade e a santidade da sexualidade como um dom de Deus, para nos ajudar a estar mais próximos do nosso amado/a, da divindade e de nós próprios. Reconhecemos que a sexualidade alude às partes mais vulneráveis da nossa identidade e necessita ser expressa em formas que são amorosamente generosas e compassivas.

 

TAREFAS E OBJETIVOS PRINCIPAIS

1) PROFECIA & JUSTIÇA: Reconhecemos, apoiamos e levantamos as vozes das pessoas LGBTI e a daqueles que são marginalizados na Igreja Católica e na sociedade. Estos grupos incluem minorias raciais, de género e sexuais. Estamos do lado daqueles que sofrem de violência, preconceito, perseguição e criminalização devido à sua orientação sexual ou identidade de género. Alentamos uma cultura que promova a igualdade de direitos e aceitação.

2) DIÁLOGO: Trabalhamos para conetar os Católicos LGBTI entre si e com a Igreja ampliada. Promovemos o diálogo com os teólogos, líderes da Igreja e leigos para facilitar a prática pastoral, reflexão teológica e o desenvolvimento doutrinário.

3) INCLUSÃO: Respeitamos as diferentes experiências culturais que as pessoas LGBTI encontram à volta do globo. Visamos uma representação justa de pessoas de todas as regiões, nações e culturas na Igreja, na sociedade e na nossa própria rede. Entre os nossos membros, apoiamos a colaboração, desenvolvimento de recursos e o partilhar ideias e melhores práticas.

4) ESPIRITUALIDADE E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FÉ: Partilhamos as nossas espiritualidades, sensibilidades e Fé entre uns e outros, com outras pessoas LGBTI e com a Igreja ampliada. Esforçamo-nos para educar a liderança Católica, Instituições e público sobre os dons espirituais que as pessoas LGBTI trazem para a Igreja. Chamamos a Igreja a apoiar e dar as boas-vindas a atividades pastorais que respeitem a diversidade de espiritualidades LGBTI e alcancem as pessoas LGBTI que se sentem alheadas da Igreja.

Mission, Valeurs et Objectifs de la GNRC

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Voici l’ébauche finale de la Charte de fondation du GNRC telle que le Comité de Direction vous le propose. Nous nous sommes servis de toutes les contributions recueillies lors du rassemblement de Rome d’octobre 2015: nous espérons qu’elle représente toutes les idées, tous les discernements et tous les dons spirituels fournis par les participants.

Nous sommes ouverts à tout le discernement et toute la discussion interne de vos communautés locales de catholiques LGBTQI et nous vous demandons vos réactions avant le Assemblée de 2017, ou le charte de fondation sera ratifié. Ces commentaires, clarifications et questions doivent être envoyés à rainbowcatholicsassembly@gmail.com

 

MISSION DE LA RÉSEAU MONDIAL DES CATHOLIQUES ARC-EN.CIEL

Le Réseau Mondial des Catholiques Arc-en-ciel (GNRC) rassemble des groupes et leurs membres qui œuvrent pour permettre la pastorale et la justice pour les personnes lesbiennes, gays, bisexuelles, transgenre et intersexe (LGBTI) et leurs familles. Le Réseau travaille pour l’inclusion, la dignité et l’égalité de cette communauté dans l’Église Catholique Romaine et dans la société.

 

ESPRIT & VALEURS

1) Le GNRC représente la diversité des orientations sexuelles, des identités et expressions de genre, des caractéristiques sexuelles, des cultures, ethnies et milieux de vie. Les membres du GNRC sont unis par une foi chrétienne partagée, qui nous appelle à prier et travailler pour s’assurer que les personnes LGBTI et leurs familles bénéficient d’une insertion pleine et participative dans toutes les activités de l’Église Catholique.

2) Inspirés par l’Évangile de Jésus et par la tradition catholique de justice sociale, nous respectons la dignité humaine intrinsèque et la valeur égale de toutes les personnes, indépendamment de leur orientation sexuelle, leur engagement de couple, leur identité de genre ou leurs caractéristiques sexuelles. Nous envisageons une Église Catholique où tout le peuple de Dieu peut vivre, travailler, adorer et apporter des soins spirituels, les uns aux autres de manière harmonieuse et contribuer ainsi à la santé et au bien-être de chaque personne.

3) Notre foi nous appelle à contester toutes les structures de discrimination et à faire avancer l’égalité des personnes LGBTI. Les lois civiles et ecclésiastiques devraient valoriser et protéger leurs droits humains, et ne pas les diminuer ou les nier. Toute loi, toute pratique qui opprime, limite, punit ou lèse des personnes LGBTI est contraire à l’Évangile.

4) Nous affirmons la valeur des dons spirituels et des expériences vécues que les personnes LGBTI apportent au Peuple de Dieu. Nous apprécions un dialogue franc, sincère et respectueux fondé dans la rencontre avec des individus et des communautés dans un esprit de réconciliation.

5) En tant que membres du GNRC nous demeurons en solidarité et en prière, les uns avec les autres, à travers nos expériences variées, nos luttes et nos fortunes. Dans ce même esprit, nous nous engageons à la coopération œcuménique et au dialogue interreligieux sur les questions LGBTI.

6) Nous affirmons la bonté et la sainteté de la sexualité comme don de Dieu qui nous aide à nous approcher de notre bien-aimé, du divin et de nous-mêmes. Nous reconnaissons que la sexualité touche aux aspects les plus vulnérables de notre identité et doit s’exprimer avec un amour généreux et miséricordieux.

Missione, Valori e Obiettivi de la GNRC

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Questa è la Bozza Definitiva, elaborata dal Comitato direttivo, del documento di fondazione del GNRC. I cambiamenti nella Missione, rispetto al testo approvato a Roma, sono evidenziati in giallo. Abbiamo tenuto conto di tutti gli spunti forniti durante l’incontro di Roma nell’ottobre 2015; il documento ha quindi lo scopo di rappresentare tutte le idee, i discernimenti ed i doni spirituali messi in campo dai partecipanti.

Auspichiamo che ci sia una fase di discernimento e di discussione interna alle vostre comunità cattoliche LGTBI locali e di poter ricevere un vostro feedback prima de la raccolta del 2017, dove sàra ratificato questo documento di reflessione. Vi preghiamo di inviare i vostri commenti, chiarimenti e domande a rainbowcatholicsassembly@gmail.com

 

MISSIONE DE LA RETE GLOBALI DEI CATTOLICI ARCOBALENO

La rete globale dei cattolici arcobaleno (GNRC) riunisce i gruppi ed i loro membri che lavorano per la cura pastorale e la giustizia per le persone lesbiche, gay, bisessuali, transgender e intersessuali (LGBTI) e le loro famiglie. La Rete lavora per l’inclusione, la dignità e l’uguaglianza di questa comunità all’interno della Chiesa Cattolica Romana e della società.

 

ETICA & VALORI

1) La GNRC rappresenta diversi orientamenti sessuali, identità ed espressioni di genere, caratteristiche sessuali, culture, etnie, e provenienze. I membri della GNRC sono uniti da una comune fede cristiana che ci invita a pregare e lavorare per garantire che le persone LGBTI e le loro famiglie abbiano una partecipazione piena in tutti i settori della Chiesa Cattolica.

2) Ispirati al Vangelo di Gesù ed alla tradizione della giustizia sociale cattolica, rispettiamo la dignità umana intrinseca e attribuiamo pari valore a tutte le persone, indipendentemente dal loro orientamento sessuale, status relazionale, identità di genere o sesso. Immaginiamo una Chiesa Cattolica in cui tutto il popolo di Dio possa vivere, lavorare, pregare e servire in armonia e contribuendo alla salute e al benessere di tutti.

3) La nostra fede ci chiama a sfidare tutte le strutture discriminatorie e a promuovere l’uguaglianza delle persone LGBTI. Il diritto civile ed ecclesiastico dovrebbe valorizzare e proteggere i loro diritti umani, non diminuirli o negarli. Qualsiasi legge o prassi che opprima, limiti, punisca o danneggi le persone LGBTI è contraria al Vangelo.

4) Affermiamo i doni spirituali e le esperienze di vita che le persone LGBTI portano al Popolo di Dio. Apprezziamo il dialogo aperto, sincero e rispettoso basato sull’incontro con le singole persone e le comunità nello spirito della riconciliazione.

5) Come membri della GNRC siamo uniti nella preghiera e nel sostegno reciproco basato sulle nostre variegate esperienze, lotte e opportunità. In questo stesso spirito, ci impegniamo alla cooperazione ecumenica e al dialogo interreligioso sulle questioni LGBTI.

6) Affermiamo la bontà e la santità della sessualità come dono di Dio per aiutarci a diventare più vicini al nostro amato, al divino, e a noi stessi. Ci rendiamo conto come la sessualità tocchi le parti più vulnerabili della nostra identità e abbia bisogno di essere espressa in modalità che siano generosamente amorevoli e compassionevoli.

 

SCOPI PRINCIPALI E OBIETTIVI

1) PROFEZIA & GIUSTIZIA Riconosciamo, supportiamo e sosteniamo le voci delle persone LGBTI, e di tutti coloro che sono marginalizzato all’interno della Chiesa Cattolica e della società. Questi gruppi comprendono minoranze razziali, di genere e sessuali. Ci battiamo per coloro che soffrono per violenza, pregiudizio, persecuzione e criminalizzazione a causa del loro orientamento sessuale o identità di genere. Promuoviamo la cultura dei pari diritti e dell’inclusione. Promuoviamo l’uguaglianza delle donne nella Chiesa Cattolica.

2) DIALOGO Lavoriamo per mettere in rete i cattolici LGBTI tra di loro e con la chiesa più ampia. Promuoviamo il dialogo con i teologi, i leader della Chiesa e i laici per facilitare la pratica pastorale, la riflessione teologica e lo sviluppo dottrinale.

3) INCLUSIONE Rispettiamo le diverse esperienze culturali che le persone LGBTI incontrano in tutto il mondo. Miriamo ad un’equa rappresentanza dei popoli di tutte le regioni, nazioni e culture nella chiesa, nella società e nella nostra stessa rete. Sviluppiamo una cultura di inclusione e comprensione nella nostra rete. Tra i nostri membri, sosteniamo la collaborazione, lo sviluppo delle risorse, e la condivisione di idee e buone pratiche.

4) SPIRITUALITA’ E SVILUPPO DELLA FEDE Condividiamo le nostre spiritualità, sensibilità e fede tra noi, con le altre persone LGBTI e la chiesa tutta. Ci sforziamo di rendere consapevoli la leadership cattolica, le istituzioni, e i pubblici vari dei doni spirituali che le persone LGBTI portano alla Chiesa. Incoraggiamo la chiesa a sostenere e accogliere attività pastorali che rispettino la diversità delle spiritualità LGBTI e cerchiamo di raggiungere le persone LGBTI che si sentono escluse dalla Chiesa.

Misión, Valores y Objetivos de la GNRC

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Este es el borrador final, desarrollado por el Comité Central, para el Documento Conceptual fundacional de la GNRC. Usamos todos los insumos, proveídos durante el Encuentro de Roma en octubre 2015, y tiene como intención representar todas las ideas, discernimientos y dones espirituales obtenidos desde los participantes.

Solicitamos su discernimiento y discusión interna, con sus comunidades Católicas LGBTI locales, y esperamos su retroalimentación antes de la Asamblea de la GNRC del 2017, donde este documento será ratificado. Para sus comentarios, aclaraciones, y preguntas a rainbowcatholicsassembly@gmail.com

 

MISIÓN DE LA RED GLOBAL DE CATÓLICOS ARCOIRIS

La Red Global de Católicos Arcoíris (GNRC) reúne en un mismo lugar a grupos y miembros individuales, que trabajan por cuidado pastoral y justicia para personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgeneros e intersexo (LGBTI) y sus familias. La red trabaja por la inclusión, dignidad e igualdad de esta comunidad en la Iglesia Católica Romana y Sociedad.

 

ETHOS & VALORES

1) La GNRC representa diversas orientaciones sexuales, identidades de género y expresiones, características sexuales, culturales, étnicas, y experiencias vitales. Los miembros de la GNRC están unidos por una Fe Cristiana compartida, la cual nos llama a orar y trabajar para asegurar que las personas LGBTI y sus familias tengan filiación completa y participativa en todas las áreas de la Iglesia Católica.

2) Inspirado en el Evangelio de Jesus y en la tradición de justicia social Católica, respetamos la intrínseca dignidad humana y la valoración igualitaria de todas las personas, independientemente de su orientación sexual, estado civil, identidad de género o características sexuales. Imaginamos una Iglesia Católica donde toda la gente de Dios pueda vivir, trabajar, rendir culto y ejercer el ministerio, una con otra, armoniosamente y contribuir a la salud y bienestar de todos.

3) Nuestra Fe nos llama a desafiar todas las estructuras discriminatorias y avanzar por la igualdad de las personas LGBTI. Las leyes civiles y de la Iglesia deben proteger y valorar los derechos humanos, no rebajarlos o negarlos. Cualquier ley o práctica que oprima, restrinja, castigue o dañe a las personas LGBTI es contraria al Evangelio.

4) Confirmamos los dones espirituales y experiencias de vida que las personas LGBTI traen al Pueblo de Dios. Valoramos el dialogo abierto, sincero y respetuoso basado en el encuentro con las personas y comunidades bajo el espíritu de reconciliación.

5) Como miembros de la GNRC nos mantenemos en solidaridad y oración, entre uno y otro, a través de nuestras variadas experiencias, luchas y oportunidades. Bajo ese mismo espíritu, nos comprometemos a una cooperación ecuménica y diálogo interreligioso sobre temas LGBTI.

6) Confirmamos la bondad y la santidad de la sexualidad como un regalo de Dios para ayudarnos a ser más cercanos a nuestro ser amado/a, a la divinidad, y a nosotros mismos. Reconocemos que la sexualidad alude a las partes más vulnerables de nuestra identidad y necesita sea expresada en formas que son amorosamente generosas y compasivas.

GNRC WYD Special – Part I : Better Climate around LGBT in the Polish Church

wyd-logo-2016-krakowWithout any spectacular breakthrough, the World Youth Day still brought a tangible climate change over the presence of LGBTI in the Polish Church

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By Marcin Dzierżanowski – Polish journalist, activist of Polish Christian LGBTQ Group Wiara i Tęcza (Faith and Rainbow).

 

“Pope Francis preaches the Gospel, and the Gospel is for everyone. The World Youth Day is an open formula, homosexuals are also invited to take part”, stated Fr Piotr Studnicki, the spokesperson for Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, several days before the Pope’s arrival to Poland. Cardinal Dziwisz, long-time closest associate of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican and Metropolitan of Krakow after the Pope’s death, holds a special place in Poland. It is thanks to his efforts Krakow became the host city for the World Youth Day 2016.

It is little wonder therefore that the words of Cardinal Dziwisz’s spokesperson spread like a wildfire through the whole media world of Poland. In Poland, the statement that would have not caused so much stir in Western Europe or the US, came as a bombshell. Until now, the Polish hierarchs have not spoken of LGBT in a positive way or have acknowledged the presence of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders among the faithful children of the Church. Quite the contrary, the last several years have seen a series of exceptionally unfavourable declarations of the Church’s representatives regarding LGBT, in most cases framed in the context of fighting the so-called ‘gender ideology.’ . Unfriendly atmosphere in the Church is amplified by the unhealthy political climate. In terms of legal status of LGBT, Poland seems to be stuck right in the middle between East and West of Europe. While LGBT organisations have been operating freely, there is still no legal recognition of same-sex unions. Situation is aggravated by late last year’s assumption of power by the right wing resorting to national-Catholic rhetoric.

Against such background, any form of inviting or welcoming homosexuals at the World Youth Day by the Polish Church seems to be a glimmer of hope. Undoubtedly, this results from the work of the Wiara i Tęcza (Faith and Rainbow) Group of Polish LGBTQ Christians that has been actively advocating for the improvement of the situation of LGBT in the Church in Poland since the announcement of the Family Synod by Pope Francis. One of the aspects of that activity was gathering responses of some 130 Catholic LGBT from all over Poland regarding their situation in the Church. A summary of these responses was delivered to the representatives of the Polish Episcopate. Members of Faith and Rainbow have also met several bishops, including the aforementioned Cardinal Dziwisz and his two auxiliary bishops. One of those hierarchs was Bishop Damian Muskus, the general coordinator of the preparations for the World Youth Day in Krakow.

That meeting had to do in particular with the preparations for the major youth event. At the initiative of Faith and Rainbow together with the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, an LGBT Pilgrims’ Haven opened during the WYD. Over several days in one of Krakow’s cafes, volunteers hosted an informational and pastoral point where homosexual, bisexual and transgender pilgrims could pray together, watch the broadcasts of the central celebrations with the Pope and share their life experiences. The programme included meetings with priests and psychologists, workshops, discussions, movie screenings and worship, both Catholic and ecumenical. Special guests of Haven were pastor Jim Mulcahy, Eastern Europe coordinator for the U.S.-based Metropolitan Community Churches denomination, Brendon Fay, human rights activist and filmmaker from New York and dr Michael Brinkschröder, catholic theologist and sociologist from Munich, activist of the “European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups”.

“World Youth Days gather people every couple of years in one of the world’s major cities. Until now, the only WYD where a safe space initiative for LGBT pilgrims was organised was Cologne 2005. We thought it would be a good idea to do something similar in Poland”, explains Misha Cherniak, one of the project’s coordinators. “Bp Damian Muskus was informed of our plans and noted them in a friendly manner. Yet, as he advised us, there was no chance of including our project into the official WYD programme”.

“Over the six days of the Haven’s operation, we have had between 50 and 60 visitors”, says Artur Barbara Kapturkiewicz, one of the co-founders of Faith and Rainbow who was also actively involved in the Haven project. “We were very happy to see so many quite young pilgrims. For many of them this was the first occasion to share their problems of reconciling their faith and being an LGBT person. Besides Poles, we have welcomed pilgrims from Germany, England, Russia, China and Canada. Our visitors were particularly interested in the lecture on the non-discriminating reading of the Scripture or the workshop on Divine Mercy. We also celebrated the Eucharist together”, says Artur Kapturkiewicz. “We have enjoyed the pastoral care of friendly Roman Catholic priests and ministers of other Christian denominations”, he adds.

Unfortunately, the expectations of some in the LGBT community that the Pope would apologise for the sins against homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders never materialised. Even though he spoke extensively of excluded and marginalised persons, he failed to mention LGBT explicitly. Yet, in his last homily speaking of Zacchaeus he noted three barriers that a believer has to overcome on the way to Christ. These words are remarkably relevant for LGBT.

The first of these obstacles is smallness of stature. The Pope said that sometimes “we don’t feel big enough, because we don’t think ourselves worthy”. The second obstacle is shame. Zacchaeus “knew that, in trying to climb that tree, he would have become a laughingstock to all.  Yet he mastered his shame, because the attraction of Jesus was more powerful”. The third and the final obstacle that the Pope listed was the resistance of the people around Christ. “It was the grumbling of the crowd, who first blocked him and then criticized him: How could Jesus have entered his house, the house of a sinner!”, said the Pope.

For the Faith and Rainbow Group of Polish LGBT Christians, the experience of the World Youth Day and the LGBT Pilgrims’ Haven open during the WYD was in fact an act of surmounting that third barrier. Judging by the high interest that the pilgrims and the media took in the project and by the generally positive tone of most of ecclesial commentators, Faith and Rainbow overcame this challenge quite successfully.

For further information of the LGBT Pilgrim’s Haven activities, read Michael Brinkschroeder´s Article. Read also about the experience of a young pilgrim in the WYD in Eros Shaw´s Chronicle.

WiT_smallWiara i Tecza (Faith and Rainbow) is a group of Polish LGBTQ Christians, their families and friends. Changing awareness inside church, WiT works for increasing tolerance—and thereafter acceptance—in the entire society, as well as for supporting kindness among people. Most of the members are of Roman Catholic denomination, but WiT welcomes Christians of any denomination—in ecumenical spirit. WiT also invites people, who are in search of their faith, who are agnostic or atheists, for community and dialogue.

Inspirational Opening Day for LGBT Catholic Global Conference

It’s been a superb, inspirational day in Rome, at the foundation conference of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics.

We began early with morning prayer (before breakfast), structured around some biblical texts on the importance of listening, followed by two reflections, and prayers of petition.

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Following up on last night’s brief introductions, today our delegates introduced themselves, their countries and the groups they represent, speaking particularly to three topics:

  • What are the challenges you are facing?
  • What has been your greatest success?
  • What support / help do you need?

After these group presentations, we were invited to reflect on, and digest what we had heard. Continue reading

THE FIRST LGBT CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL MEETING

ROME: THE FIRST LGBT CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL MEETING TO BE HELD FROM 1ST– 4TH OCTOBER   AHEAD OF THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY

Harmony, dignity and equality in the Catholic Church and Society

(Rome 28/09/2015) –  The first Assembly of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics – (GNRC) will take place in Rome, 1st-4th October 2015 – on the eve of the opening of the 2015 Synod on the Family.

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The inaugural Assembly of the GNRC brings together representatives from more than thirty countries. They will meet for the first time to inaugurate a global network of organizations and individual Catholics involved in pastoral care and in the search of social justice, inclusion and dignity for LGBT people and their families, within the Catholic Church and society in general. The four-day Assembly, with a full program of meetings, will work to initiate joint projects, mutual support and exchange of best practices, while seeking dialogue and serene engagement with the whole Catholic community and institutions.

The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) is an international network of organisations and people involved in the pastoral care of, and search for justice for, LGBT people and their families. By means of joint projects, support and interchange, the Network strives for the inclusion, dignity and equality of LGBT people, their parents and their families, within the Catholic Church and wider society.

Representing, as they do, a great variety of sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds, the members of GNRC are united in a common Catholic Faith which leads them to pray and work so that LGBT people may be guaranteed full and equal inclusion in all sectors of the Catholic Church, and the protection, by both civil and ecclesiastical law, of their human dignity, rights and equality of treatment may be upheld.

Rooted in the tradition of Catholic Social Justice teaching, the GNRC proposes the equal and intrinsic value of all people, independent of sexual orientation, relationship status or gender identity. GNRC members long for a Catholic Church in which ALL the people of God – LGBT and heterosexual people – can live, pray and offer their own service together in harmony.

ways of loveSaturday 3rd October 2015 from 15.00 until 19.00 – at the Centro Pellegrini “Santa Teresa Couderc”, Via Vincenzo Ambrosio 9/11 – will take place the conference entitled “WAYS OF LOVE: Snapshots of Catholic Encounter with LGBT people and their families, sponsored by European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups.

Participants: Mary McAleese, ex president of the Republic of Ireland, interviewed by journalist Robert Mickens, director of Global Pulse, Raúl Vera OP, a Catholic Bishop from Mexico, Sr. Jeannine Gramick (USA), Pedro Labrín SJ (Chile), Martin Pendergast (UK), Pino Piva SJ (Italy), Rungrote Tangsurakit (Thailand), Sr. Anna Maria Vitagliani (Italy) and a priest who works in Africa whose anonymity has been requested by his superior. Conference spokespersons: Andrea Rubera and Martin Pendergast.

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