#CHIESAASCOLTACI : “Together let’s find a place where we meet and get to know each other”

Cammini di Speranza’s Communication/Advocacy campaign for the year of Jubilee of Mercy.

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By Andrea Rubera  – Italian journalist, activist of the Italian Catholic LGBTQ Group Cammini di Speranza and GNRC media collaborator.

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On the eve of the Family Day*, Cammini di Speranza, the first National Italian Association of LGBTI Christian, took its first steps towards launching #chiesaascoltaci (“Church, listen to us”), a campaign of real life stories, directed at a Church home for everyone, and which could be able to ensure harmony, dignity and equality within the Catholic Church itself and society.

#chiesaascoltaci is a storytelling campaign that each week of the year of the Jubilee of Mercy presents a story or a cause launched by not only LGBTI Catholics, but also by their parents, relatives and friends. It is addressed to the whole church, because it aims to finally make it a house of inclusion and acceptance for everyone.

Meet a few Cammini di Speranza´s brothers and sisters calling “Church, listen to us”.

The central idea of the campaign is to rediscover the public squares, not just the real ones but also the virtual ones, offered by social networks, as places to meet. This at a time when it seems that the logic of barricades and ideological opposition is the only way for people to behave or respond.

In the year of Jubilee of Mercy, it seems clearly possible that in the light of this Mercy every person, every story, every emotion should find a space with equal dignity, equal respect and without prejudice.

Pope Francis invites us to build bridges and we are here to pick up this call. We want pastors to aknowledge our “smell of sheep” on their clothes, a smell that has been carefully avoided for so many years.

Each chapter of the campaign includes a photo portrait by Simone Cerio, a well-known Italian photographer who offered his art to give a visual to the written story/campaign/cause.

Julia writes to the Pope in the first chapter of the campaign: “Pope Francis, God does not make mistakes, but for many Catholic people those who live homosexual lives, they are as an objective error. Yet, if I were not a lesbian, my faith would be dull because it is my homosexuality that led me to make a spiritual quest and to try to live in Christ. If I were not a lesbian I would not have known the fear of being judged and then I would not have learned respect for what we do not know. If I were not a lesbian I would not know love because it is the Lord who sent me the person I love. Pope Francis, in my opinion God does not make mistakes: He made me a “different” person because he knew that for me it would have been the path to happiness. And He also knew that diversity is wealth for the whole Catholic Church, the “universal” church for all”.

The campaign will be active until the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, on Twitter and Facebook through Cammini di Speranza’s social networks accounts.

* Family Day, an event organized by some fundamentalist Catholic and right wing associations, that took place on January 30th 2016 at Circo Massimo in Rome to protest against the Civil Union Bill that was being discussed at the Italian Parliament at the time and has now finally become law.

For information and contacts about Cammini di Speranza:

Website: www.camminidisperanza.org          Mail:           info@camminidisperanza.org

Twitter:   Cdisperanza                                    Facebook: Cammini di Speranza

Tags: #chiesaascoltaci #camminidisperanza

Spokesperson: Andrea Rubera (cel: +39 335 7510922)

CDSCammini di Speranza is an association of Christian people, from various backgrounds, paths, age, sexual orientation and gender identity all engaged in welcoming anyone interested to study issues regarding faith and homosexuality to promote respect, dignity and equality of LGBTI people within the churches and society.

Simone Cerio was born in Pescara in 1983. He has specialized in photojournalism and multimedia story telling. After writing many reports in several countries, in 2014, he completed an assignment in Afghanistan, in cooperation with Emergency ONG, which was exhibited all around Italy to illustrate the history of the first Italian graduate student to finish his studies in a war territory. Winner of the Perugia Social Photo Fest 2014 and of the Ong category of Fotografia Etica of Lodi Festival. Simone also contributes to important national and international magazines such as Vanity Fair, Il Corriere della Sera, Donna Moderna, Gioia, Alibi, Rogue, His Life China, Russia Behind the Headlines, Shutr, Internazionale,D La Repubblica, Panorama. For more information visit www.simonecerio.com

 

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GNRC WYD Special – Part III : A Young Pilgrim Experience

Universality, Unity and Inspiration were three values that the WYD assistant Eros Shaw found in his trip to Polland.

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Chinese gay Catholic community logoBy Eros Shaw – Chinese missionary, activist of the Chinese Catholic LGBTQ Group China Catholic Rainbow Community (CCRC), GNRC Steering Committee member and participant of the China Rainbow Witness Fellowship.

 

I participated in the World Youth Day from its beginning and till its end, including all the preparatory activities during the previous week, from July 19th – 31st in Warsaw. Considering that this was my first WYD, there were a few points that had a profound impression on me.

  • The first one was the Universality of the Church/ Let´s remember that this is the original meaning of the word Catholic, where so many young people from different nations gathered in one place with no boundaries of race, gender or sexual orientation! About 1.5 million people attended the Pope Francis’ closing mass, according to the Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, so I couldn’t stop wondering how many LGBT people were among them.
  • The second point was Unity. Many of the assistants came from countries or regions with internal/external geopolitical conflicts, but the Catholic young people gathered there shared in the basis of a common faith and prayer. This is the thing that touched me the most. I´m a young pilgrim from mainland China, but I had the great chance to spend time with brothers and sisters from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
  • The third and last one was how Inspirational it was for me was to meet so much people expressing their love for God, their devotion for the Virgin Mary and respect for the Pope. In China, we Catholics, are a minority compared to the other Christian churches or religious practices, and so I often hear criticism and negative voices about us. The fraternity in Krakow fueled my beliefs for my personal mission, with so many lovely, young people united and on the same path.

I also participated in a LGBT friendly Café, organized by Wiara I Tecza, with Michael Brinkschroeder and Anna Kuliberda from Germany. There we shared the experiences of our LGBT Catholic local communities which was followed by a panel discussion. Even with so many people visiting Krakow we only had 20 assistants, many of them bravely carrying their WYD backpacks. This is a reminder of how much work we still have to do for Visibility and Inclusion of LGBTI people in the Church. I had a Gay Catholic friend from Hong Kong in the WYD that couldn’t join us because he was afraid of the exposure. Anyway, having had such a amazing opportunity to participate makes me feel really grateful.

For further information of the Climate around LGBT in the Polish Church, read Marcin Dzierżanowski´s Article. For An alternative perspective about the experience of the LGBT Pilgrim’s Haven activities, read Michael Brinkschroeder´s Article.

Chinese gay Catholic community logoChina Catholic Rainbow Community (CCRC) in an inter-regional mutual aid organization for Chinese Roman Catholic LGBT people. They provide counseling and spiritual companionship for LGBT Catholic believers.

 

 

13892294_281394845572815_2392434603705795154_nChina Rainbow Witness Fellowship (CRWF) is a LGBT Christian fellowship grounded in love and faith. The fellowship was established in 2009 in Beijing, with further groups established in Shangai and Hangzhou.

 

GNRC WYD Special – Part II : LGBT Pilgrim’s Haven in Krakow

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M BrinkschoroederBy Michael BrinkschroederGerman theologist, activist of German Catholic LGBTQ group Homosexuelle und Kirche (Homosexuallity and Church), GNRC Steering Committe Co-chair and member of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups.

 

During the World Youth Day, the Polish group “Wiara i Tęcza” (Faith & Rainbow) has organized an “LGBT Pilgrim’s Haven” in Krakow. The meeting point was located in the lovely cultural centre “Ogniwo” in the Jewish quarter. The LGBT Pilgrim’s Haven, co-organised by the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, was not included in the official program of the World Youth Day although Wiara i Tęcza made several attempts in this direction. However, the interest of national and international media was very high and brought a lot of attention to the issue. The police was guarding the entrance, because there were serious threats before the event, but fortunately nothing happened.

The program contained documentary films from Brendan Fay (Dignity, New York) about John McNeill and Mychal Judge, lectures from Jim Mulcahy (USA/Ukraine) about spirituality and relationship and from Michael Brinkschroeder (Germany) about “Queer Reading of the Bible”. A creative workshop lead by Marcela Kościańczuk (Poland) on “God’s Mercy” built the bridge to the theme of the World Youth Day and the Holy Year.

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During the Pilgrim´s Haven meeting we enjoyed the presence and expositions from Michael Brinkschroeder (Germany), Marcela Kościańczuk (Poland), Marcela Kościańczuk (Germany) and Eros Shaw (China).

A workshop on “Queer Catholic Activism” started with input from Anna Kuliberda from a German Catholic Youth Federation who started a blog with few other LGBT Catholic youths and earned a lot of attention when they distributed stickers during a pilgrimage of their diocese. Eros from China presented his work as a gay Catholic missionary in Beijing and Shanghai where he started LGBT Catholic groups. Recently, he has collected stories of Chinese LGBT Catholics (in China and surrounding countries) and is going to publish them in a book. Michael Brinkschroeder presented the initiative for a monthly Queer Catholic Service in Munich.

The following discussion in small groups brought some interesting results about the spiritual needs of LGBT Catholics: Most important was the access to role-models and the encouragement to come out of the shadow. Some were asking that priests should not hide themselves behind an official doctrine, but tell their own, personal opinion about LGBT issues. But on the other hand it was asked, if the spirituality should come from the church or from us? One response to this question was, that we should understand spirituality which awakens and nurtures activism as a Catholic form of spirituality.

Altogether, the LGBT Pilgrim’s Haven with all its opportunities to talk and learn from each other was a huge success and definitively a good and much needed example for such a nurturing Catholic LGBT spirituality.

For further information of the Climate around LGBT in the Polish Church, read Marcin Dzierżanowski´s Article. Read also about the experience of a young pilgrim in the WYD in Eros Shaw´s Chronicle.

HuK_smallSince its foundation in 1977, the Eucumenical Working Group Homosexuelle und Kirche (Homosexuals and Church) has been working for full participation of LGBTQ in social and church life. As a community of witnesses of the liberating biblical message, it campaigns for the abolition of prejudices and discrimination against LGBTQ in churches, for the full professional equality with cisidentic heterosexual men and women, against discrimination against HIV-positive people and AIDS patients, for spaces for LGBTQ spirituality, and for the recognition of Christians in the LGBTQ community.

logo-efThe European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups is an ecumenical umbrella organisation of 46 member groups. It was initiated in 1982 by the French Catholic priest Emile Letertre. The Forum started only with gay Christian groups. Since the end of the 1990s, lesbian women become very active in the Forum and the name was changed to “lesbian and gay Christian groups”. Now the European Forum recognizes bisexual and transgender Christians in its name, as well.

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.

A GNRC declara: “A identidade de Género não é una tendência social ou um pecado contra Deus”

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A Comité Central da Rede Global de Católicos Arco-íris (GNRC) declara: “A identidade de Género não é una tendência social ou um pecado contra Deus”

 

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4 de Agosto, 2016. A Rede Global de Católicos Arco-íris lamenta as recentes palavras do Papa Francisco relacionadas com a identidade de género e o seu ensino nas escolas. As pessoas Transgénero e Intersexo (TI), do mesmo modo que as pessoas Gays, Lésbicas e Bissexuais, não escolhem a sua identidade de género, mesmo assim o Papa sugere que os jovens não deveriam receber este tipo de ensinamentos nas escolas. A identidade de género descobre-se, não se escolhe. Se as escolas ensinam que a identidade de género é uma escolha, sem lugar a dúvida, o curriculum deveria ser mudado.

A GNRC rejeita, em especial, a falta de empatia nos comentários do Papa, quando menciona a sentença de Bento XVI no que diz respeito a que “Vivemos numa época de pecado contra Deus o Criador”, referindo-se a uma conversa prévia que partilharam sobre temas de género. Dita declaração, relacionada com as pessoas transgénero e intersexo, não expressa o amor de Deus para com aquelas pessoas, Católicas ou não, as quais são usual e constantemente questionadas pela sociedade, pela Igreja e pelas suas famílias, por ser quem são. Podendo mesmo reforçar a condenação e assédio a pessoas TI, mesmo que o Papa não tivesse, seguramente tais intenções.

Quando o Papa faz referência ao erróneo conceito de “Ideologia de Género”, cria confusão e mal entendidos dentro e fora da Igreja. O trabalho duro e os esforços a favor da inclusão na sociedade de pessoas TI, transgénero e intersexo, através de programas educativos nas escolas sobre identidade de género, não fazem parte de uma tendência pós-moderna ou de um lobby tendencioso que procura rever os ensinamentos tradicionais da Igreja ou romper o tecido social. A realidade TI faz parte da história da humanidade desde os seus inícios, como o evidenciam as manifestações artísticas, literárias e outras nas numerosas culturas e religiões à volta do mundo, sejam cristãs ou não, como por exemplo nas Américas, na Polinésia e no Sudeste Asiático. A grande diferença é que hoje a investigação e os resultados de sérios estudos em biologia, psicologia e psiquiatria, mostram claramente que a identidade de género de uma pessoa pode diferir do seu sexo biológico de nascimento.

Entendemos os grandes avanços e os sinais mostrados pelo Papa Francisco, no que diz respeito à visibilidade e acolhimento de Lésbicas, Gays e Bissexuais Católicos na Igreja. Lamentavelmente, os Católicos TI (Transgénero e Intersexo) e as suas famílias, não receberam o mesmo tratamento – apesar do recente encontro do Papa com uma pessoa transgénero de Espanha. Recordemos que o Papa encontrou uma linguagem muito mais moderada no que diz respeito a teorias de género na sua recente exortação apostólica “A Alegria do Amor” (Amoris Laetitia).

Considerar que as políticas educacionais inclusivas poderão fazer crer aos jovens “que qualquer um pode escolher o seu próprio sexo”, é uma leitura errónea dos resultados científicos e uma falsa interpretação do que as pessoas TI, especialmente os Católicos TI, procuram alcançar. O assédio, a depressão e o suicídio, especialmente este último, são tragicamente mais altos entre pessoas transgénero (40% mais alto comparado com outras pessoas da sua mesma faixa etária). Portanto, abordar este assunto nas escolas é um meio essencial para tentar proteger os mais jovens, especialmente vulneráveis. Mensagens como a recentemente publicada pelo Vaticano, não só contribuem para a dor e isolamento dos católicos TI, como também reforçam o preconceito e a discriminação em países ou regiões, onde a Igreja por vezes encorajou, ou testemunhou silenciosamente, a perseguição e criminalização de pessoas LGBTI e das suas famílias.

É com fervor que esperamos e rezamos para que a Igreja mostre maior compreensão e mais respeito para com as pessoas TI. Também desejamos expressar a nossa disposição para apoiar a Igreja em dito processo. De boa-fé partilharemos histórias de vida reais e testemunhos de transgéneros e intersexo Católicos e das suas famílias. Eles informar-nos-ão a sobre a sua fé, vidas, identidade, sofrimentos e esperanças, tudo no espírito da Exortação Apostólica do Papa.

A GNRC apreciou muito quando o Papa mencionou, durante a Jornada Mundial da Juventude, a situação dos pobres e imigrantes, dentro e fora da Igreja. No mesmo espírito, gostaríamos de recordar que a Igreja é A Casa de Todos e isto inclui os nossos irmãos e irmãs transgénero e intersexo na Fé. Estamos todos na busca de reconhecimento, da inclusão e da justiça na nossa Igreja. Percorremos o mesmo caminho no sentido de uma integração verdadeira entre a nossa Fé e a nossa orientação sexual e/ou identidade de género.

Comité Central da Rede Global de Católicos Arco-íris (GNRC).

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A Rede Global de Católicos Arco-Íris (GNRC) é formada de organizações e indivíduos que trabalham pelo cuidado pastoral e pela justiça para com pessoas lésbicas, gays, bissexuais, transexuais, queer, e intersexuais (LGBTQI) e suas famílias. A rede trabalha pela inclusão, dignidade e igualdade desta comunidade na Igreja Católica Romana e a sociedade em geral. A GNRC foi fundada em outubro de 2016 na conferência de Roma, “Os Caminhos do Amor”, com 80 participantes de 30 países. À data a GNRC representa 25 grupos de católicos LGTBQI, as suas famílias e amigos de todos os continentes.

 

GNRC déclare: « L’identité de genre n’est ni une mode sociale ni un péché contre Dieu »

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Le Réseau Mondial des Catholiques Arc-en-ciel (GNRC) déclare: « L’identité de genre n’est ni une mode sociale ni un péché contre Dieu »

 

 

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Le 4 août 2016. Le Réseau Mondial des Catholiques Arc-en-Ciel (GNRC) se désole des récents propos du Pape François concernant l’identité de genre et son enseignement dans les écoles. Les personnes transgenre et intersexe (TI), de même que les gays, les lesbiennes et les bisexuelles, ne choisissent pas leur identité de genre, pourtant le Pape suggère que l’on ne devrait pas enseigner cette information aux jeunes dans les écoles. L’identité de genre se découvre : elle ne se choisit pas. Si les écoles enseignaient vraiment que le genre est un choix, alors il faudrait effectivement que le curriculum soit modifié.

Le GNRC regrette surtout le manque d’empathie dans les commentaires du Pape lorsqu’il cite le jugement de Benoît XVI selon lequel « nous vivons dans un âge de péché contre Dieu le Créateur », en référence à une conversation qu’ils ont eue précédemment sur des questions de genre. Un tel propos au sujet de personnes transgenre et intersexe ne reflète pas l’amour de Dieu pour ces personnes, qu’elles soient catholiques ou non, qui sont couramment et constamment mises en question par la société, par l’Église et par leurs familles à cause de ce qu’elles sont. On pourrait même voir ces propos comme légitimant la condamnation et le harcèlement des personnes TI, même si telle n’a pas dû être l’intention du Pape.

Lorsque le Pape fait référence à la prétendue ‘idéologie du genre’, il crée la confusion et des malentendus à l’intérieur de l’Église et en dehors. Le dur travail et les efforts pour l’inclusion de personnes TI dans la société, par des programmes d’éducation à l’école sur l’identité de genre, ne font pas partie d’une mode postmoderne ou d’un lobbying biaisé qui cherche à contrer les enseignements traditionnels de l’Église ou à dissoudre la trame de la société. La réalité TI fait partie de l’histoire de l’humanité depuis le début, comme le manifestent les représentations artistiques, littéraires et autres dans de nombreuses cultures et religions autour du monde, qu’elles soient chrétiennes ou non : par exemple, en Amérique, en Polynésie et dans le Sud-est asiatique. La grande différence à l’heure actuelle est que la recherche et les preuves fournies par des études sérieuses en biologie, en psychologie et en psychiatrie, montrent clairement que l’identité de genre d’une personne peut différer de son sexe biologique à la naissance.

Nous comprenons les grandes avancées et les signaux transmis par le Pape François concernant la visibilité et l’accueil des catholiques lesbiennes, gays et bisexuels dans l’Église. Malheureusement les catholiques TI (transgenre et intersexe) et leurs familles n’ont pas encore reçu le même traitement – malgré la récente rencontre du Pape avec une personne transgenre d’Espagne. Le Pape avait également trouvé un langage plus modéré sur les études de genre dans sa récente exhortation apostolique La Joie de l’Amour (Amoris Laetitia).

Considérer que des politiques d’éducation inclusives pourraient faire croire à des jeunes que « chacun peut choisir son propre sexe », est une lecture erronée des observations scientifiques et une fausse interprétation de ce que les personnes TI, surtout les catholiques TI, désirent accomplir. Le harcèlement, la dépression et le suicide, surtout le suicide des adolescents, sont tragiquement courants chez les personnes transgenre (40% de suicides de plus que parmi les autres adolescents de leur âge). Alors, aborder ce sujet à l’école est un moyen essentiel pour tenter de protéger des vies jeunes et vulnérables. Des messages comme celui que vient de publier le Vatican, non seulement rajoutent à la douleur et à l’isolement des catholiques TI, mais ils renforcent les préjugés et la discrimination, dans des pays ou des régions où l’Église a parfois encouragé, ou a contemplé en témoin silencieux, la persécution et la criminalisation des personnes LGBTI et de leurs familles.

C’est avec ferveur que nous espérons et prions pour que l’Église montre une meilleure compréhension et plus de respect envers les personnes TI. Nous voulons également exprimer notre empressement à soutenir l’Église dans ce processus. Nous partagerions volontiers des récits de vie et des témoignages de catholiques transgenre et intersexe et de leurs familles. Ils nous informent au sujet de leur foi, leur vie, leur identité, leurs souffrances et leurs espoirs, le tout dans l’esprit de l’exhortation apostolique du Pape.

Le GNRC l’a beaucoup apprécié lorsque le Pape a mentionné, pendant les Journées Mondiales de la Jeunesse, la détresse des pauvres et des immigrants, à l’intérieur de l’Église et à l’extérieur. Dans un même esprit, nous voudrions rappeler que l’Église est la Maison de Tous et cela inclut nos frères et sœurs dans la foi transgenre et intersexe. Nous recherchons tous la reconnaissance, l’inclusion et la justice dans notre Église. Nous marchons sur le même chemin vers une intégration véritable entre notre foi et notre orientation sexuelle et/ou notre identité de genre.

Le Comité Directeur du Réseau Mondial des Catholiques Arc-en-ciel (GNRC).

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Le Réseau Mondial des Catholiques Arc-en-ciel (GNRC) rassemble des organisations et des individus qui œuvrent pour la pastorale et la justice pour les personnes lesbiennes, gays, trans, questionnantes et intersexes (LGBTQI) et pour leurs familles. Le Réseau défend l’inclusion, la dignité et l’égalité de cette communauté dans l’Église Catholique Romaine et dans la société. Le GNRC a été fondé en octobre 2015 à Rome, lors du colloque « Chemins de l’Amour », avec 80 participants de 30 pays. À l’heure actuelle, le GNRC représente 25 groupes de catholiques LGBTQI, leurs familles et leurs amis de tous les continents.

Il Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) sulle parole di Papa Francesco: “L’identità di Genere non è una tendenza sociale o un peccato contro Dio”

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Il Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) sulle parole di Papa Francesco: “L’identità di Genere non è una tendenza sociale o un peccato contro Dio”

 

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4 Agosto 2016. Il Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) esprime rammarico per le recenti parole di Papa Francesco in materia di identità di genere e del suo insegnamento nelle scuole.

Le persone Transgender e intersessuali, come gay, lesbiche e bisessuali, non scelgono la loro identità di genere, eppure il Papa suggerisce  che questo non dovrebbe essere insegnato ai giovani  nelle scuole. L’identità di genere è una scoperta, non una scelta.  Se le scuole insegnassero che il genere è una scelta, allora davvero il piano studi dovrebbe essere cambiato.

Il GNRC rileva in particolare la mancanza di empatia nei commenti del Papa, quando ha menzionato la citazione di Benedetto XVI “viviamo in un’epoca di peccato contro Dio Creatore”, riferendosi a una precedente conversazione sulle questioni di genere. Questa dichiarazione, riferita alle persone transgender e intersessuali, non esprime l’amore di Dio per quelle persone che, cattoliche o no, sono di solito e costantemente messe in  discussione dalla società, dalla Chiesa e dalle loro famiglie per essere quello che sono. Lo si potrebbe vedere anche come un rafforzamento della condanna e del bullismo nei confronti delle persone TI, anche se il Papa sicuramente non ha inteso questo.

Quando il Papa fa riferimento al concetto erroneo di “ideologia gender”, contribuisce a creare  confusione e malintesi dentro e fuori la Chiesa. Il duro lavoro e gli sforzi verso l’inclusione nella società delle persone transessuali e intersessuali, nei programmi scolastici di educazione sull’identità di genere, non sono parte di una tendenza postmoderna o di una lobby che cerca di rivedere gli insegnamenti tradizionali della Chiesa o di rompere la tessuto della società. La realtà delle persone transessuali e intersessuali è stata parte della storia dell’umanità fin dal principio, come evidenziato nelle numerose rappresentazioni artistiche e letterarie presenti  in molte culture e religioni di tutto il mondo, siano esse cristiane o no, ad esempio in  America/Polinesia e nel sud-est asiatico. La differenza principale è che le ricerche  e le prove attualmente  disponibili, basate  su seri studi biologici, psicologici e psichiatrici, sostengono l’evidenza che l’identità di genere di una persona potrebbe differire dal suo sesso biologico alla nascita.

Riconosciamo i grandi progressi e segnali mostrati da Papa Francesco per quanto riguarda la visibilità e l’accettazione di lesbiche, gay e bisessuali cattolici nella Chiesa. Purtroppo, i cattolici transessuali e intersessuali e le loro famiglie non hanno ancora ricevuto lo stesso trattamento – nonostante il recente incontro del Papa con una persona trans dalla Spagna. Il Papa ha anche usato un linguaggio più moderato sulle teorie di genere nella sua recente esortazione apostolica “La gioia dell’Amore” (Amoris Laetitia).

Ritenere che le politiche educative inclusive indurrebbero i giovani a credere “che tutti possano scegliere il proprio sesso”, è una lettura è una comprensione errata delle prove scientifiche e dell’interpretazione di ciò che che le persone transessuali e intersessuali, soprattutto quelle cattoliche, desiderano conseguire. Considerando la piaga del bullismo, della depressione e del suicidio (il tasso di suicidi in età adolescenziale è tragicamente alto tra le persone transessuali: 40% in più rispetto ad altri adolescenti della loro età), riteniamo, pertanto, che affrontare questo argomento nelle scuole sia il contesto più appropriato per cercare di proteggere giovani e vulnerabili vite.

Messaggi come quello rilasciato di recente dal Vaticano non solo aggiungono dolore e isolamento alle persone transessuali e intersessuali cattoliche, ma rafforzano anche  i pregiudizi e la discriminazione in paesi o regioni in cui la Chiesa ha a volte anche supportato o è stata un testimone silenzioso della persecuzione e della criminalizzazione delle persone LGBTI e delle loro famiglie.

Noi tutti sinceramente speriamo e preghiamo che la Chiesa mostri maggiori comprensione e rispetto verso le persone transessuali e intersessuali. Vogliamo anche esprimere la nostra disponibilità a sostenere la Chiesa in questo processo. Ci rendiamo disponibili a condividere storie di vita reale e testimonianze di transessuali e intersessuali cattolici e delle loro famiglie. Ci informeranno e ci daranno consiglio sulle loro fedi, vite, l’identità, sofferenze e speranze, il tutto nello spirito della Esortazione apostolica del Papa.

Il Global Network of Rainbow Catholics ha molto apprezzato che il Papa abbia citato, durante la Giornata Mondiale della Gioventù, la condizione dei poveri e degli immigrati dentro e fuori la Chiesa. Allo stesso modo, vorremmo ricordare che la Chiesa e’ Casa per tutti, inclusi i nostri fratelli nella fede transessuali e intersessuali. Siamo tutti nello stesso cammino verso la ricerca di riconoscimento, inclusione giustizia nella nostra Chiesa. Percorriamo lo stesso cammino verso una conciliazione più veritiera tra la nostra fede e il nostro orientamento sessuale e/o identità di genere.

Comitato Direttivo del La Rete Globale dei Cattolici Arcobaleno (GNRC).

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La Rete Globalei dei Cattolici Arcobaleno (GNRC) riunisce gruppi e persone che lavorano per la cura pastorale e la giustizia per le persone lesbiche, gay, bisessuali, trans, questioning, ed intersex (LGBTQI) e le loro famiglie. La Rete lavora per l’inclusione, la piena dignità e uguaglianza di questa comunità nella Chiesa Cattolica Romana e nella società. Il GNRC è stato fondato nell’Ottobre del 2015 a  Roma durante la conferenza internazionale “Ways of Love”, con 80 partecipanti da 30 Paesi. Al momento, il GNRC rappresenta 25 gruppi di persone cattoliche LGBTQI, le loro famiglie ed amici, di ogni continente.

La GNRC declara: “La identidad de Género no es una tendencia social o un pecado contra Dios”

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La Red Global de Católicos Arcoiris (GNRC) declara: “La identidad de Género no es una tendencia social o un pecado contra Dios”

 

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4 de Agosto, 2016. La Red Global de Católicos Arcoiris lamenta las recientes palabras del Papa Francisco relacionadas a las identidad de género y su enseñanza en las escuelas. Las personas Transgénero e Intersexo (TI), al igual que las personas Gays, Lesbianas y Bisexuales, no escogen su identidad de género, aún así el Papa sugiere que los jóvenes no debieran recibir este tipo de enseñanzas en las escuelas. La identidad de género es descubierta, no elegida. Si las escuelas enseñaran que la identidad de género es una elección, sin lugar a dudas, el currículum debiera ser cambiado.

La GNRC especialmente rechaza la falta de empatía en los comentarios del Papa, cuando menciona la sentencia de Benedicto XVI respecto a que “Vivimos en una época de pecado contra Dios el Creador”, en referencia a una conversación previa que compartieron sobre temas de género. Dicha declaración, relacionada a las personas transgénero e intersexo, no expresa el amor de Dios para aquellas personas, Católicas o no, quienes son usual y constantemente cuestionadas por la sociedad, la Iglesia y sus familias, por ser quienes son. Pudiendo incluso reforzar la condena y hostigamiento hacia personas TI, aun cuando el Papa seguramente no haya tenido dichas intenciones.

Cuando el Papa hace referencia al erróneo concepto de “Ideología de Género”, crea confusión y malentendidos dentro y fuera de la Iglesia. El trabajo duro y los esfuerzos a favor de la inclusión en la sociedad de personas TI, transgénero e intersexo, en los programas educativos de las escuelas sobre identidad de género, no son parte de una tendencia postmoderna o un lobby sesgado que busca revisar las enseñanzas tradicionales de la Iglesia o romper el tejido social. La realidad TI ha sido parte de la historia de la humanidad desde sus inicios; evidenciado en el arte, la literatura y en otras numerosas representaciones en muchas culturas y religiones alrededor del mundo, sean cristianas o no, como ejemplo en Las Américas, la Polinesia y el Sudeste Asiático. La mayor diferencia es que hoy se encuentra disponible investigación y evidencia, basada en estudios de biología, sicología y psiquiatría, soporta el reconocimiento de que la identidad de género de una persona puede diferir de su sexo biológico de nacimiento.

Entendemos los grandes avances y señales mostrados por el Papa Francisco, respecto a la visibilidad reconocimiento de Lesbianas, Gay y Bisexuales Católicos, en la Iglesia. Lamentablemente, Los Católicos TI (Transgénero e Intersex), y sus familias, no han recibido el mismo trato –  a pesar del reciente encuentro del Papa con una mujer transgénero en España. Recordemos que el Papa ha encontrado un lenguaje mucho más moderado respecto a teorías de género en su reciente exhortación apostólica “La Alegría del Amor” (Amoris Laetitia).

Considerar que las políticas educacionales inclusivas harán creer a los jóvenes “que cualquiera puede escoger su propio sexo”, es una lectura y entendimiento erróneo de la evidencia científica e interpretación de lo que las personas TI, especialmente los Católicos TI, buscan alcanzar. El hostigamiento, la depresión, y el suicidio, especialmente esto último, es trágicamente más alto entre personas transgénero (40% más alto comparado a otras personas de su mismo rango de edad). Por lo tanto, referir este tema en las escuelas debe ser el primer lugar para proteger a los más jóvenes, especialmente vulnerables. Mensajes como el recientemente publicado por el Vaticano, no sólo contribuye al dolor y desolación, sino también refuerzan el prejuicio y la discriminación, en países o regiones, donde la Iglesia a veces ha sumado o sido testigo silencioso de la persecución y criminalización de personas LGBTI y sus familias.

Formalmente esperamos y oramos para que la Iglesia muestre mayor comprensión y más respeto hacia las personas TI. También deseamos expresar nuestra disposición para apoyar a la Iglesia en dicho proceso. De buena fe ofrecemos compartir historias de vida reales y testimonios de transgéneros e interex Catolicos y sus familias. Ellos informarán y orientarán sobre su fe, vidas, identidad, sufrimientos y esperanzas, todo en el espíritu de la Exhortación católica del Papa.

La GNRC aprecio mucho cuando el Papa mencionó, durante la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud, la situación de los pobres e inmigrantes, dentro y fuera de la Iglesia. De forma similar, nos gustaría recordar que la Iglesia es La Casa de Todos y esto incluye  a nuestros hermanos y hermanas transgénero e intersexo en la Fe. Estamos todos en la búsqueda de reconocimiento, inclusión y justicia en nuestra Iglesia. Recorremos el mismo camino para una convivencia real entre nuestra Fe y nuestra orientación sexual y/o identidad de género.

Comité Central de la Red Global de Católicos Arcoiris (GNRC).

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La Red Global de Católicos Arcoíris (GNRC) se conforma de organizaciones e individuos que trabajan por el cuidado pastoral y justicia para personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transexuales, queer, e intersexuales (LGBTQI) y sus familias. La red trabaja por la inclusión, dignidad e igualdad de esta comunidad en la Iglesia Católica Romana y la sociedad en general. La GNRC fue fundada en octubre del 2015 en la conferencia de Roma, “Los Caminos del Amor”, con 80 participantes de 30 países. A la fecha la GNRC representa a 25 grupos de católicos LGTBQI, sus familias y amigos de todos los continentes.

The GNRC declares: “Gender Identity is not a social trend or a sin against God”

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The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) declares: “Gender Identity is not a social trend or a sin against God”

 

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August 4, 2016. The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics laments the recent words of Pope Francis relating to gender identity and its teaching in schools. Transgender and intersex (TI) persons, same as gays, lesbians and bisexual people, do not choose their gender identity, yet the Pope suggests that young people should not be taught this in schools. Gender identity is discovered, not chosen. If schools were teaching that gender is a choice, then indeed, the curriculum would have to be changed.

GNRC especially regrets the lack of empathy in the Pope’s comments, when he mentioned Benedict XVI´s verdict that “we are living in an age of sin against God the Creator”, in reference to a conversation they previously had on gender issues. Such a statement, related to transgender and intersex people, does not express God´s love for those people, Catholic or not, who are usually and constantly questioned by the society, the Church and their families, for being whom they are. It might even be seen as reinforcing the condemnation and bullying of TI people, even though the Pope surely did not intend it to be so.

When the Pope makes references to the erroneous concept of “gender ideology”, he creates confusion and misunderstanding inside and outside the Church. The hard work and efforts towards the inclusion in society of TI people, transsexual and intersex, in school education programs on gender identity, are not part of a postmodern trend or a biased lobby that searches to review the traditional teachings of the Church or break the fabric of society. The TI reality has been a part of humanity´s history from the beginning; evidenced in artistic, literary and numerous other representations in many cultures and religions around the world, whether Christian or not, e.g. America/Polynesia and the Southeast Asia. The major difference is the current available research and evidence, based on serious biological, psychological and psychiatric studies, supports acceptance that a person´s gender identity might differ from his or her biological sex at birth.

We understand the big advances and signals shown by Pope Francis, regarding visibility and acceptance for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Catholics, in the Church. Sadly, TI Catholics (Transsexual and Intersex), and their families have not yet received the same treatment – despite the Pope’s recent meeting with a transsexual person from Spain. The Pope has also found more moderate language on gender theories in his recent apostolic exhortation “The Joy of Love” (Amoris Laetitia).

To consider that inclusive educational policies will make young people believe “that everyone could choose their own sex”, is an erroneous reading and understanding of scientific evidence and interpretation of what TI people, especially TI Catholics, desire to achieve. Bullying, depression and suicide, especially teenage suicide is tragically high among transsexual persons (40% higher compared to other teenagers of their own age). Therefore, addressing this topic in schools has to be the very place to attempt to protect young, vulnerable lives. Messages like the one released recently by the Vatican, not only add pain and isolation of TI Catholics, reinforce prejudices and discrimination, in countries or regions, where the Church has sometimes even supported or been a silent witness to the persecution and criminalization of LGBTI people and their families.

We earnestly hope and pray that the Church will show better understanding and more respect towards TI people. We also wish to express our readiness to support the Church in this process. We willingly offer to share real life stories and testimony of transgender and intersex Catholics and their families. They will inform and advise us about their faith, lives, identity, suffering and hope, all in the spirit of the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation.

GNRC very much appreciated when the Pope mentioned, during the World Youth Day, the plight of the poor and the immigrants, inside and outside the Church. In a similar vein, we would like to recall that the Church is the House for Everybody and this includes our transsexual and intersex siblings in Faith. We are all on the same search for recognition, inclusion and justice in our Church. We walk the same path for a more truthful merger between our faith and our sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Steering Committee of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC).

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The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) brings together organizations and individuals who work for pastoral care and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, and intersex (LGBTI) people and their families. The Network works for inclusion, dignity and equality of this community in the Roman Catholic Church and society. The GNRC was founded in October 2015 at the Rome conference, “Ways of Love”, with 80 participants from 30 countries. To date, the GNRC represents 25 groups of LGBTQI Catholics, their families and friends from all continents.