“Une nouvelle ère pour la pastorale inclusive des personnes LGBT commence avec ce Synode:”

Le Réseau Mondial des Catholiques Arc-en-ciel (Global Network of Rainbow Catholics) prend note du Rapport Final du Synode de 2015 des évêques sur La Vocation et la Mission de la Famille dans l’Église et dans le Monde Contemporain. Nous reconnaissons que le document que les évêques ont soumis au Pape François n’est qu’une étape dans le processus du Synode et qu’il attend une réponse et une réflexion plus complètes de la part du Souverain Pontife selon un mode qu’il choisira.

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Nous sommes encouragés par le Discours de Clôture du Pape au Synode, surtout dans son commentaire selon lequel “il s’agissait de dévoiler ces cœurs fermés, qui se cachent souvent même à l’intérieur de l’enseignement ou des bonnes intentions de l’Église, en vue d’occuper la chaire de Moïse et juger, parfois avec superbe et superficialité, des cas difficiles et des familles blessées… Il s’agissait d’ouvrir des horizons plus larges, en s’élevant au-dessus des théories du complot et des vues à œillères, pour défendre et répandre la liberté des enfants de Dieu, et pour transmettre la beauté de la Nouveauté Chrétienne, parfois encore encroûtée dans un langage archaïque ou tout simplement incompréhensible.”

Il est clair que les évêques n’ont pu atteindre un consensus plus positif au sujet de l’insuffisance de la terminologie qui a servi jusqu’à présent pour décrire une variante d’orientation sexuelle. Néanmoins, nous voyons clairement dans le Rapport Final du Synode (Paragraphe 76) le début d’une nouvelle ère de la pastorale inclusive pour et avec les personnes LGBT, et leurs familles, qui, nous l’espérons, sera mise en œuvre par des diocèses partout dans le monde. Puisqu’il y est dit explicitement: ‘une attention spécifique doit être portée vers les familles ayant un membre avec des tendances homosexuelles’, il n’y a donc plus de raison pour ne pas inclure les couples de même sexe eux-mêmes, aussi bien que les enfants ayant des parents de même sexe, dans un tel projet pastoral.

Nous regrettons l’insinuation que l’intérêt de l’enfant, dans des situations d’adoption ou de placement, nécessite obligatoirement comme parents de substitution des couples de sexe opposé. Une telle assertion est en contradiction flagrante avec une masse considérable de recherche en sciences sociales et elle dénigre la générosité des couples gays et lesbiennes, comme celle de parents isolés, qui acceptent de s’occuper d’enfants non désirés. (Paragraphe 65) Il est également regrettable que le Rapport Final prête une certaine crédibilité au terme, ‘idéologie du genre’, forgé sans aucun soutien scientifique, par ceux qui cherchent une excuse pour ne pas écouter  les réalités des vies des personnes LGBT, de leurs parents et familles, ni leur répondre de manière pastorale (Paragraphe 8).

Nous rejetons avec force l’accusation sans fondement que l’aide financière aux pays pauvres est conditionnée à l’introduction de lois établissant le mariage entre personnes de même sexe (Paragraphe 76), et nous sommes consternés par l’absence de toute condamnation de la criminalisation, de la torture et de la peine de mort infligées aux personnes LGBT dans de trop nombreux pays.

Même si le Synode de 2015 n’a pas réussi à se résoudre à développer une déclaration plus forte de l’accueil des personnes LGBT, nous apprécions les demandes de pardon exprimées au cours du Synode. On a exprimé des demandes de pardon pour le langage nocif et erroné proféré aux personnes LGBT et à leur parents, avec le désir de poursuivre des études et des réflexions plus intenses sur les réalités des relations et de la vie familiale de couples de même sexe. Une porte vers une attention plus sensible aux questions LGBT dans l’Église a été ouverte grâce aux processus synodaux de 2014-2015, en dépit de l’opposition; elle ne pourra plus être fermée. 

Information supplémentaire:

 E-mail: rainbowcatholicsassembly@gmail.com
Sites internet: www.rainbowcatholics.orgwww.waysoflove.wordpress.com
Twitter: #rainbowcatholics  – #waysoflove2015
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Contact de presse: Emilio Sturla Furnò +39 3404050400info@emiliosturlafurno.it

Autres Contacts:

Michael Brinkschroeder – michael.brinkschroeder@web.de  /  portable+49 15778814399 – Allemagne
Francis De Bernardo  –  director@newwaysministry.org  / +001 301-277-5674  / portable: + 001 240-432-2489 – USA
Martin Pendergast  –  lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com /  +44 208 986 0807 – Royaume Uni
Andrea Rubera  –  arlock965@yahoo.it  /  +39  335 7510922 – Italie

NOTE:

Un réseau international de 13 associations ayant des membres LGBT catholiques s’est rassemblé pour la première fois à Rome au cours du Synode de 2014. Le Réseau Mondial des Catholiques Arc-en-ciel (Global Network of Rainbow Catholics) a été fondé formellement lors de son Assemblée Inaugurale, les 1-4 octobre, avec des représentants de plus de 30 pays et de tous les continents.

“Uma nova era de cuidado pastoral inclusive às pessoas LGBT vai se iniciar após o Sínodo:”

A Rede Global de Católicos do Arco-Íris assinala o Relatório Final do Sínodo dos Bispos de 2015 sobre A Vocação e a Missão da Família na Igreja e no Mundo Contemporâneo. Reconhecemos que a apresentação pelos Bispos aos Papa Francisco não é mais do que um passo no processo do Sínodo e aguardará uma resposta e reflexão mais abrangentes por parte dele da maneira que ele irá determinar.

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Sentimo-nos encorajados pelo Discurso de Encerramento do Papa ao Sínodo, sobretudo pelos seus comentários de que “também se tratava de se por a nu aqueles corações fechados, que frequentemente se escondem por detrás dos ensinamentos da Igreja ou das boas intenções, a fim de sentar-se na cadeira de Moisés e julgar, às vezes com superioridade e superficialidade, situações difíceis e famílias feridas… Tratava-se de tentar abrir horizontes mais amplos, colocar-se acima das teorias conspiratórias e pontos de vista cegos e inflexíveis, para defender e estender a liberdade dos filhos de Deus e para transmitir a beleza da Boa Nova cristã, por vezes incrustadas numa linguagem que é arcaica ou simplesmente incompreensível.”

É claro que os Bispos não conseguiram chegar a um consenso mais positivo quanto à inadequação da terminologia utilizada anteriormente para descrever as variações da orientação sexual. Contudo, notamos nitidamente no Relatório Final do Sínodo (Parágrafo 76) o início de uma nova era de cuidado pastoral inclusivo para e com as pessoas LGBT, e suas família, algo que se espera será implementado pelas Dioceses no mundo inteiro. Uma vez que é explicitamente mencionado que `se deve dar atenção específica às famílias que tenham um membro com tendências homossexuais’, não há, portanto, mais qualquer razão para não se incluir os próprios casais do mesmo sexo, bem como os filhos e filhas de pais ou mães do mesmo sexo neste enfoque pastoral.

Lamentamos que tenha ficado subentendido que o interesse maior de uma criança, em situação de adoção, necessariamente exige que a mesma seja criada por casais de sexos opostos. Tal afirmação está em franca contradição com consideráveis pesquisas nas ciências sociais e rebaixa a generosidade de casais de lésbicas e gays, bem a de pais e mães solteiros, no cuidado de crianças indesejadas (Parágrafo 65). Também é infeliz que o Relatório Final conceda grande credibilidade ao termo ‘ideologia de gênero’, criado até mesmo sem qualquer comprovação científica, por pessoas que buscam uma desculpa para não ouvir e responder pastoralmente às realidades das vidas de LGBTs, bem como de seus pais e familiares (Parágrafo 8).

Rejeitamos firmemente a acusação sem base de que o socorro financeiro a países pobres esteja condicionado à introdução de leis que instituam o casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo (Parágrafo 76) e estamos alarmados com a não rejeição da criminalização, tortura e pena de morte infligida às pessoas LGBT em muitos países.

Embora o Sínodo de 2015 não tenha conseguido produzir uma declaração mais sólida quanto à aceitação de LGBTs, valorizamos os pedidos de desculpas ocorridos durante o encontro. Havia frases que se desculpavam pela linguagem anterior que era imprecisa e nociva ao se dirigir às pessoas LGBT e seus pais juntamente com um desejo de prosseguir com um estudo e reflexão mais intensivos sobre as realidades dos relacionamentos de casais do mesmo sexo e sua vida familiar. Foi aberta uma porta para uma escuta mais atenta e sensível às questões LGBT na Igreja através dos processos sinodais de 2014-2015 as quais, apesar da oposição, não pode mais ser fechada.

Para mais informações:

E-mail: rainbowcatholicsassembly@gmail.com
Websites: www.rainbowcatholics.org www.waysoflove.wordpress.com
Twitter: #rainbowcatholics – #waysoflove2015
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1616333885308527/
Assessoria de Imprensa: Emilio Sturla Furnò +39 3404050400 info@emiliosturlafurno.it

Outros contatos:

Michael Brinkschroeder – michael.brinkschroeder@web.de / mob: +49 15778814399 – Alemanha

Francis De Bernardo – director@newwaysministry.org / +001 301-277-5674 / mob: + 001 240-432-2489 – EUA

Martin Pendergast – lgbtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com / +44 208 986 0807 – Reino Unico

Andrea Rubera – arlock965@yahoo.it / +39 335 7510922 – Itália

OBS:

Uma rede internacional de 13 organizações de/com Católicos LGBT Catholics reuniu-se pela primeira vez durante o Sínodo de 2014 em Roma. Foi substituída pela Rede Global de Católicos do Arco-Íris (RGCAI) que foi formalmente lançada em sua Assembleia de Fundação, de 1 a 4 de outubro de 2015, com representantes de 30 países de todos os continentes.

Tradução para o português por Lula Ramires (lularamires@terra.com.br), do Grupo de Ação Pastoral da Diversidade de São Paulo, Brasil.

“A NEW ERA FOR INCLUSIVE PASTORAL CARE OF LGBT PEOPLE IS GOING TO START AFTER THE SYNOD”

The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics notes the Final Report of the 2015 Synod of Bishops on The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World. We recognise that the Bishops’ submission to Pope Francis is but one step in the Synod’s process and awaits a fuller response and reflection from him in the way which he will determine.

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We are encouraged by the Pope’s Closing Address to the Synod, not least his comments that “it was also about laying bare those closed hearts, which frequently hide even behind the Church’s teachings or good intentions, in order to sit in the chair of Moses and judge, sometimes with superiority and superficiality, difficult cases and wounded families … It was about trying to open up broader horizons, rising above conspiracy theories and blinkered viewpoints, so as to defend and spread the freedom of the children of God, and to transmit the beauty of Christian Newness, at times encrusted in a language which is archaic or simply incomprehensible.”

It is clear that the Bishops have been unable to reach a more positive consensus about the inadequacy of previously used terminology to describe variant sexual orientation. However, we see clearly in the Synod’s Final Report (Paragraph 76) the beginning of a new era of inclusive pastoral care for and with LGBT people, and their families, which will hopefully be enacted by Dioceses across the world. Since it is explicitly mentioned that ‘specific attention should be paid to families that have a member with homosexual tendencies’, there is, therefore, no longer any reason not to include same-sex couples themselves, as well as children with same-sex parents in such a pastoral focus.

We regret the implication that the best interests of a child, in adoptive or fostering situations, necessarily requires parenting by opposite sex couples. Such a statement flies in the face of considerable social science research and denigrates the generosity of lesbian and gay couples, as well as single parents, in caring for unwanted children. (Paragraph 65) It is also unfortunate that the Final Report gives serious credibility to the term, ‘gender ideology’, created, even without any scientific evidence, by those who seek to find an excuse not to listen and respond pastorally to the realities of LGBT lives, and those of parents and families (Paragraph 8).

We strongly reject the baseless accusation that financial aid to poor countries is conditional on the introduction of laws that institute marriage between same-sex people, (Paragraph 76) and are dismayed by the failure to reject the criminalisation, torture, and death penalty inflicted on LGBT people in too many countries.

Even though the 2015 Synod did not manage to bring itself to develop a stronger statement of LGBT acceptance, we value the expressions of apology, during the Synod. There was a language of apology for past harmful and inaccurate language addressed to LGBT people and their parents together with a desire to pursue a more intensive study and reflection on the realities of same-sex relationships and family life. The door for a more sensitive attentiveness to LGBT issues in the Church has been opened through the Synodal processes of 2014-2015 and, despite opposition, cannot now be closed.

GNRC responds to the Coming Out of Monsignor Charamsa

 

The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, meeting in Rome from October 1st , has been working for two years on this project to contribute, through the testimony of the lives and desires of LGBT people, to the internal reflections of the Family Synod which is about to begin..  
With regard to Monsignor Charamsa’s statement, which we read in the press today, the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics would like to make clear that Don Krzysztof is not connected to the conference “Ways of love: Catholics snapshots of meetings with LGBT people and their families “.The full list of conference speakers can be seen from the published program on this website.  
The conference is centered as a matter of fact, on the pastoral work with and for LGBT people, their parents and their families.  
Obviously, in the inclusive spirit of the conference, we will be happy to welcome in the audience any person interested in our work.  

Asking for ‘listening with a disciples ear’

Morning Prayer, Friday 2nd October – led by Fr Terry Charlton, SJ:

Introduction: Scripture Readings

Then the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” (1 Sam.3:10)

Hear, O peoples, all of you; Listen, O earth and all it contains, says the Lord from His holy temple. (Micah 1:2)

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” (Mt.17:5)

“Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways.“Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it. “Blessed is the one who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts. (Prov.8:32-34)

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”(Jn 10:27)

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? (Jam.2:5)

After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand. (Mk.7:14)

 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1Jn.4:1)

Part I: Growing in the Freedom of a Listening Disciple

(Reflection on the Gospel of Sunday, 27 September 2015, by Fr. James Martin, S.J., on the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to the USA, Given at www.jesuitprayer.org. Slightly adapted)

One of the guiding principles of Ignatian spirituality is freedom. In his classic manual for prayer, the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius Loyola asks us to free ourselves of “disordered attachments,” that is, anything that could keep us from responding to God’s will in our lives.

Pope Francis is probably one of the best examples of that kind of Ignatian freedom. He is a free man, as many of us can see. After his election as pope, he did not need to live in the grand Apostolic Palace, but preferred to move into a more modest hostel. He did away with the traditional red shoes of the pope. He feels free to spontaneously embrace people during his visits overseas, as he has done here in the United States.  He is free. (Pause)

[Jesus reminds us to] remove anything that could prevent us from responding to God’s word. Jesus speaks with typical hyperbole, saying “If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.”

He’s not saying we should go around eyeless, but rather free.

…. let us pray for the courage to be freely who God dreams us to be. (Pause)

Part II: Listening in Light of the Signs of the times:

The 2015 Synod on the Family:

(Reflection on the Second Reading of Sunday, 18 January 2015, (ICor.6:13c-15a) by Fr. Terrence Charlton, S.J., on the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to the USA, Given at www.jesuitprayer.org.)

Pope Francis invites all of us to reflect deeply about the family as we prepare for the 2015 Synod on the Family according to some new orientations such as the following: Our being sexual is meant to be understood developmentally. (Pause)

Our being sexual is something we progressively integrate as power for loving over a lifetime. (Pause)

I feel like we are being invited into an adventure involving new ways of seeing that were previously stifled. What can it mean to remove the stigma from those divorced and re-married in order to welcome them as Christ would? (Pause)

[What can it mean] To stop stigmatizing our lesbian sisters and gay brothers as marginalized and inferior to the rest? (Pause)

Since Paul says, “You should use your body [clearly from the context, including your being sexual] for the glory of God,” what is the next step for me to integrate my being sexual and to act in terms of my being sexual in a loving way? (Pause)

Part III: Our Response

Petitions: You may add your spontaneous petitions in your preferred language after the first four prepared petitions are prayed. Our response is: Gracious God, give us a disciple’s listening ear.

God of life, we recognize that we each suffer from the pains and traumas of our histories. We ask you to heal us. Set us free so that our pain is transformed by the power of Jesus’ resurrection love into power for love. May what was pain history become part of our salvation history so that what was pain is transformed into insight and wisdom for the healing of others, we pray to our God:

Gracious God, give us a disciple’s listening ear.

The ancient Greek playwright, Aeschylus, writes, “In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” Awesome God, by your grace, continue your work upon us so that our pain brings wisdom, we pray to our God:

Gracious God, give us a disciple’s listening ear.

Accompanying God, help us to listen to the story of each one who shares today. May each story plant a seed in our hearts that enables us to become more sensitive, more discerning, more loving and caring, we pray to our God:

Gracious God, give us a disciple’s listening ear.

Jesus told us: “Not one sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.”

Compassionate God, do help us become compassionate as you are compassionate. Let our LGBT experience of stigmatization make us sensitive to each and every one of your children, especially the most rejected and most marginalized, we pray to our God:

Gracious God, give us a disciple’s listening ear.

You are invited to announce your own petitions in the language of your choice.

Final Song expressing our commitment to live as listening, discerning disciples:

“Take, Lord, Receive” St. Louis Jesuits (Click on the link to listen)

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