全球天主教彩虹网络:同志身份与神职并无矛盾

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我们注意到从教宗方济各对教会接纳同志人士的积极步伐的一步危险退步。在最新的《神职圣召的恩赐/The gift of the priestly vocation》文件中,圣职部(The Congregation for the Clergy)以充满歧视性的言语强调了对同志人士进入修院并最终晋铎的一些要求。

全球天主教彩虹网络主张教会应该接纳并平等对待同志平信徒及他们的家人,我们同样认为那些建树教会的度奉献生活的男男女女也应该在教会内被平等对待。「在我们网络大家庭里有一些悲剧性的案例,他们的同志身份被发现后,不得不忍痛离开了修道生活。在极端的案例里,他们甚至被公开曝光。」卢比·阿尔梅达(Ruby Almeida,全球天主教彩虹网络两位主席之一、英国同志教友团体Quest主席)如是说。「一旦他们被修院除名,这些前同志修生的信德将因疏离感、抑郁、巨大的失落感和困惑而备受煎熬。他们希望将生命奉献给耶稣的召叫被这充满歧视性的措施彻底打碎。」

将同志人群拒之于教会神职体系外,而非对这些回应圣召的男女尊严以待,是非常阴暗负面的做法。「教会的许多文件声明,同志蒙召为守贞洁,他们的性无需被表达,然而稍后又提到,他们选择神职是不合适的。这双重信息扭曲了教会的公信力。我们不应忽略在圣职部的部分文件中,使用过一些微妙的同性爱论调的言语来描述耶稣与神父之间亲密排他的关系。」迈克尔·布林克施罗德博士(Michael Brinkschroeder,全球天主教彩虹网络两位主席之一、德国「同性恋与教会」的项目负责人)如是说。「你不能指望一个人生活在不断被抨击(slamming doors)及矛盾的信息中,还能保持身心良好的健康状态。」

尽管这份新文件是特别针对男同性恋者的,但它制造了一个先例。「那女同性恋者、双性恋者、跨性别者和女性兼性人(intersex women)又当如何?她们是否也会被同等要求?我们希望看到并遇到一份有建设性的并能影响深远的方案,以帮助我们在教会内的工作,一旦我们发现并决定生活出度奉献生活的圣召。」卢比·阿尔梅达如是说。

这份文件中出现了诸如「Homosexual Tendency」和「克服Homosexuality」的表达,这些表达取消了人类性取向(sexual orientation)的价值,可被视为潜意识的同性矫正治疗。「新文件未尊重准备晋铎的同志修道者的道德及精神的健全性。因为它试图基于对同志无知理解的情况下通过有争议的圣职准则,以代替自己的良知。」迈克尔·布林克施罗德如此总结。

                                                                     全球天主教彩虹网络理会

 2016年12月8日

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 Global Network of Rainbow Catholics 2016

Website:      www.rainbowcatholics.org   Mail:        rainbowcatholicsassembly@gmail.com

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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 (LGBTQI) 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.

GNRC declares: There is no contradiction between being LGBTI and a religious vocational call

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December 8, 2016. We observe a dangerous regression from the previous steps taken by Pope Francis about LGBTI inclusion in the Church. In the recently edited The Gift of the Priestly Vocation (December 8, 2016),The Congregation for the Clergy contends, with its very discriminatory language, about procedures relating to non-heterosexual men joining seminars and eventually becoming priests (Pages 78, 81 and 82).

We, the GNRC, stand for inclusion and justice for LGBTI lay people and their families in the Church. We also declare that all religious men and women that followed God’s call to dedicate their life for the construction of the Church deserve the same treatment. “There have been tragic instances within our GNRC family where some members who had previously been in seminaries, sadly had to give up on their chosen vocation after their sexual orientation was discovered. And in a few cases, they were very publicly exposed.”, states Ruby Almeida Co-chair of the GNRC and Chair of Quest (England). “Once they are excluded from the seminary, these gay men of faith have suffered from alienation, depression and a huge sense of loss and confusion. Their life plan to follow Jesus has been shattered by these discriminatory practices” she said.

Pushing LGBTI people out of the Church, rather than them being treated with respect and dignity whilst on their vocational calling, has set a dark and reactionary tone. “The Church states in many documents that LGBT should live in celibacy, without needing to express their sexuality, yet later says that priesthood is not an alternative. This double-bind message distorts the credibility of the church. And we should not miss the language of a subtle homoerotic seduction into an intimate and exclusive relationship between the priest and Christ that the Congregation for the Clergy uses several times in the document,” explains Dr. Michael Brinkschroeder Co-chair of the GNRC and project-manager of Homosexuelle und Kirche (Germany). “You can’t expect healthy spiritual and mental well-being for someone when you are constantly addressing a way of living built by the slamming doors and based on contradicting messages”, he said.

Even if the new protocol published today refers particularly to homosexual men, it creates a precedent for all LGBTI Catholics, “What about lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex women? Are we supposed to follow the same tortuous path? What we want to see and encounter is a constructive and meaningful way of living in service of the Church, once we discover and desire to live out a religious vocation”, observed Ruby Almeida.

Many expressions such as ‘Homosexual Tendency’ and ‘Overcome it’ (Homosexuality) are also part of the sub-  text, which is about the nullification of human sexual orientation, which can be interpreted as a subliminal guideline for reparative therapy. “The new protocol doesn’t respect the moral and spiritual integrity of gay candidates for priesthood, because it attempts to replace their own conscience by disputable norms of a hierarchy that are based on an ill-informed understanding of homosexuality”, concludes Michael Brinkschroeder.

Global Network of Rainbow Catholics 2016

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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 (LGBTQI) 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.

A Letter to All Delegates at the 2015 Synod on the Family

We are a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics, and along with our loving families and friends, we have spent the last few days not far from you, in Rome, consolidating two years of work, which have advanced alongside your double Synod preparations.

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers at the Synod on the Family,

Greetings from the new-born Global Network of Rainbow Catholics!

We are a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics, and along with our loving families and friends, we have spent the last few days not far from you, in Rome, consolidating two years of work, which have advanced alongside your double Synod preparations.

We come from over thirty countries, both as individuals and as representatives of groups, who have been involved with the flourishing of people like ourselves in the lives of our local churches, (as well as with many other tasks). The last years have not been an easy ride! Many in our Church thought that they were serving God by hating us, and some still do, especially among the hierarchy; but we can tell you with joy, that we have kept alive our Confession of the Catholic faith! We have kept the faith under persecution, and are ready to join with you in the joyful announcement of the Gospel to which Pope Francis has called us.

Because God is wonderful, we have found that through this life as dregs among the people of God, the Holy Spirit has given us a surprising (at least to us) capacity to stand up and be counted, not to be frightened of those who fear us, not to be resentful of the incapacity for approval, and the bureaucratic meanness of spirit and dishonesty to which we have regularly been subjected. We have learned that it is not what the Church can do for us, but what we can do for the Church that matters.

We need to be better prepared to join you in your task of spreading the Gospel and building up the families in which (as we have so often experienced ourselves) God delights. We need to support each other, and others more vulnerable than ourselves, at a worldwide level, especially in countries which criminalize us, and even think they are honouring God by killing us. We need to be able to share information, counter falsehood, encourage each other in our needs, and strengthen our families, especially where civil law does not yet respect them. So we have decided to set up a Global network, to bring together groups of LGBTI Catholics, our families and friends, as well as other Christians and people of good will. This will enable us to be much better prepared to share experiences, life stories, examples of best-practice: little miracles of love.

We want to set up our network in such a way that we can even be useful to you, though we know from long experience how frightened many of you are of communicating with us discreetly, even less talking to us on the record! Having learned, by living with Jesus, not to be dismayed by the falsehoods and calumnies concerning us to which some of you still seem wedded, and even pass off as “teaching of the Church”, you will find us resilient, because we know that we are loved. In the near-absence of visible shepherds, we have come to trust and love a Shepherd who was not ashamed to give himself to death for us, One whose voice we hear, with whom we are not in rivalry, and in whose light all others who call themselves shepherds can be tested for their fruits. Because of this, you may even be surprised to find us meek!

So we write to you to wish you encouragement for these days of your Synodal gathering, as well as for the months and years to come as we all begin to live the hints of the new that are coming to birth, discovering new ways of celebrating the family, rather than condemning wine that threatens to burst old wineskins. We are thrilled that you heard with us Pope Francis’ wonderful homily in Philadelphia last week, where he drew out the consequences of both Jesus’ and Moses’ rebuke to those who would hold back the Spirit.

We have prayed for you at every Mass at our meeting, and we ask you to pray for us, confident that we will soon be able to meet transparently, with joy. For we are amazed to have discovered that over the last few years, despite everything, and because nothing is impossible to God, we have become insiders with you in the life of the Gospel, and co-sharers in all your joyful tasks.

With warmest greetings from your rainbow sisters and brothers in Christ.

Rome, Feast of St Francis of Assisi, 2015

Global Network of Rainbow Catholics 2015

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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 (LGBTQI) 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.

GNRC declares: The exaggerated rhetoric of Pope Francis against “gender” exposes the contradictions in his pastoral care for LGBTI people

The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) appreciates that Pope Francis has made major acknowledgements of LGBTI persons and their families during his last official trip to Georgia, and later in the press conference on his way back to Rome.

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The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) appreciates that Pope Francis has made major acknowledgements of LGBTI persons and their families during his last official trip to Georgia, and later in the press conference on his way back to Rome. His words contain very important messages about the way Pope Francis envisions pastoral care for LGBT people as an accompaniment on the way to Jesus which needs a huge sense of proper discernment.

His intention of reviewing the particular conditions and life experiences, of LGBTI persons, case by case and in their particular expression recognizing that life is life, gives an important testimony. “The Pope claims that the pastoral care for LGBTI is always his number one priority. He offers a pretty good example of it with the story of the Spanish transgender man, which demonstrates his empathy and respect for LGBTI Catholics”, says Ruby Almeida, Co-Chair of the GNRC and Chair of Quest in the United Kingdom.

While the emphasis that Pope Francis puts on pastoral care for LGBTI persons is clearly a step forward in the Catholic Church, it also has a shadow side. This gets visible when he uses the expression “gender ideology” as he has recently done in Krakow during the World Youth Day and now again during his travels to the Caucasus. This highly confusing terminology is currently used by the Catholic hierarchy all over the world to push back the efforts towards acceptance and moral equality of LGBTI persons. “The different statements during his journey to Georgia and Azerbaijan have fully exposed the contradictions within Pope Francis’ strategy for dealing with the issue of LGBTI people”, declares Dr. Michael Brinkschroeder, Co-Chair of the GNRC and project manager of Homosexuelle und Kirche in Germany. “If the pastoral discernment is not based on the acceptance of the LGBTI person and on the recognition of her moral equality, but is combined with an exaggerated warning for gender theories, it creates double-bind messages. Double-bind messages are confusing and produce psychic harm. If Pope Francis really wants to be a good pastor for LGBTI persons, he needs to make up his mind about which message he wants to send.”

We need to  see an urgent change to move away from terminology of the ‘Homosexual Tendency’ or ‘Homosexual Condition’, still referred to during the press conference, to the more real and proper one of ‘Sexual Orientation’. “ Pope Francis has softened his words when talking about sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Nevertheless, in what he says, the Pope does reveals a level of  prejudice and a level of misunderstanding of the life experiences of LGBTI persons. GNRC would be most happy to start a dialogue with the Pope to enable  him to get a more holistic understanding of our community’s spiritual and pastoral needs,” says Ruby Almeida.

Global Network of Rainbow Catholics 2016

Website: www.rainbowcatholics.org Mail: rainbowcatholicsassembly@gmail.com

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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 (LGBTQI) 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.

#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.

Andrea Rubera

 

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

 

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).

Website: www.rainbowcatholics.org  Mail:          rainbowcatholicsassembly@gmail.com

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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.

Pope`s apology to gays: “There are people we Christians could have defended and we didn`t”

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June 27, 2016

Pope`s apology to gays: “There are people we Christians could have defended and we didn`t”

 

 

The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) welcomes the recent words from Pope Francis, on his return from Armenia to Rome. His first personal statement to the LGBTQI community, since the Orlando shooting, brings light and hope not only for us but also to our families. The wider Church requested and waited for a direct and clear message, following the immediate reactions by the Vatican spokesperson, which did not explicitly call the Orlando shooting homophobic or a hate crime.

Even if Pope Francis` words were brief, their content is powerful. After three years, the Pope amplifies his famous sentence “Who am I to judge?” (2013) to “Who are we to judge?”, extending his original message from a personal reflection to an open call for the whole Church. This is a statement that cannot be underestimated. It shows his vision for the Catholic community.

In the Year of Mercy, he tells Catholics that not only reflection on homosexuality is needed, but also real expressions of humility and simplicity. These need to be part of a comprehensive answer to LGBTQI Catholics` claims for inclusion. When the Pope declares that “I believe that the Church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended”, this constitutes a historical milestone. Pope Francis makes visible the deep impact that traditional teachings, the Church’s own omissions, and any other practice or speech could have on LGBTQI Catholics, often resulting in harmful and violent actions against them and their families. Nothing can justify violence as we saw it in Orlando. But we know only too well that subtle homophobic attitudes as well as silence, outright exclusion or forcing people back into the ‘closet’, have so many times prepared the ground for violence.

For the GNRC, the Pope’s call to the Church to ‘apologize’ to LGBTQI Catholics is a great opportunity for all of us to become part of the solution. Following this spirit, we propose as a concrete step, to establish and develop an official commission at the Vatican to formalize that discussion. “We know of the risks the Pope takes in this process and we express our heartfelt thanks and encourage him to keep steadfast on this path of inclusion and justice in the Church” said Fernando Gonzalez (Chile) from the Steering Committee of the GNRC.

“We deeply appreciate how the Pope opens his message not only to LGBTQI people. Those others who live with us at the periphery of the Church, like the poor, exploited women or children forced to work, due to discrimination and the limitations of past pastoral practices are also waiting for our inclusion and consideration. Francis calls us to ask them for forgiveness, too. He shows us in very practical terms how “The Joy of Love” is indeed a major guideline to all the Church.”

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

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Website: www.rainbowcatholics.org         Mail:          rainbowcatholicsassembly@gmail.com

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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 (LGBTQI) 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.

 

The GNRC expresses sorrow and solidarity with the LGBTQI community in the US

June 19, 2016

The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) expresses sorrow and solidarity with the LGBTQI community in the United States

We are not far from the pain and sense of incomprehension, that overwhelm us all as LGBTQI people, in these difficult days of grief and a search for hope. For us, LGBTQI Catholics and our families, it is difficult to reflect on and to rationalize an event that took so many lives in Orlando. This situation reminds us of our human limitations and the search for God´s mercy in such moments in which anger and sadness often are our natural and honest reactions.

We consider all people our brothers and sisters. Believing in God or not, professing a particular religion or not. We are people that work for inclusion and justice in society or the Church, and as such, we join the grief of the LGBTQI community in our belief that we are all children of the one God, whether Muslims or Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews or believers of any other faith. We are all made of the same substance, recalling that the first statement of all religions is that LOVE, above all is fundamental. Praying for the victims, their families and friends has been constant in our local LGBTQI Catholic communities in the days after the mass shooting. You can see how deeply we have been touched through the many expressions of support, through prayers, Masses, letters and articles, inside and outside the United States. In particular, our members at New Ways Ministry and DignityUSA who have done some great, committed work communicating our shared feelings and inner thoughts, since the shocking events of Orlando became public.

Even during these dark days, not only lay people but also our Catholic leaders have made public their solidarity and empathy in ways that we have never seen before. The words from many Bishops, like Robert McElroy of San Diego pledging “I stand with you”, encourage us to keep working. We have hope that through education, ecumenical dialogue and the sharing of our life experiences we’ll make a change in the society and the Church, where still too often we find people who express and justify homophobic attitudes. Pope Francis called, in his recent document “Amoris Laetitia”, to be more welcoming and inclusive and to reject all kind of expressions of violence towards LGBTQI people. Such a statement from Pope Francis reinforces that peace is not just the absence of violence, but also the presence of justice. Our commitment and will, as GNRC, is to walk down that path in Orlando and wherever LGBTQI people suffer from violence, discrimination and victimization, be it in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania or Africa.

May the Peace and Love of God be constantly present and visible in all of us.

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 (LGBTQI) 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.

GNRC Responde a “Amoris Laetitia”

UNA RESPUESTA DE LA RED GLOBAL DE CATÓLICOS ARCOIRIS A LA EXHORTACIÓN APOSTÓLICA DEL PAPA FRANCISCO “AMORIS LAETITIA” (LA ALEGRÍA DEL AMOR)

09.04.2016

La Exhortación Apostólica post-sinodal del Papa Francisco titulada “Amoris Laetitia” abre nuevas perspectivas para el trabajo pastoral en la Iglesia Católica, bosquejando simultáneamente desde las enseñanzas más tempranas de la Iglesia en la vida familiar y matrimonio, y también desde una pragmática y “aterrizada” apreciación de las experiencias vitales reales asociadas a la vida familiar. No obstante, notamos que estas perspectivas no están aún aplicadas con consecuencia completa cuando se refieren a personas de género y/u orientación sexual diversa (personas LGBTQI).

Recibiendo Nuevos Acercamientos Pastorales

Somos comprensivos de la postura más propositiva, tomada por el Papa Francisco, referente a alejarse de un inflexible apego a la doctrina y acercarse a una aproximación más humana de apostolado conectada a la verdadera caridad, la cual es “siempre inmerecida, incondicional y gratuita” (Art. 296). Acogemos los acercamientos pastorales que evitan “los juicios que no toman en cuenta la complejidad de las diversas situaciones” (Art. 296) pero más bien se enfocan en “ayudar a cada uno a encontrar su propia manera de participar en la comunidad eclesial” (Art. 297). Es sin duda positivo que el Papa Francisco reitere el punto hecho en la Exhortación Apostólica “Evangelii Gaudium” (2013) de que la Iglesia ha con frecuencia actuado como “árbitro de la gracia en lugar de ser su facilitadora” y afirma que, en lugar de ser un control de peaje, “la Iglesia es la casa del Padre, donde hay espacio para todos, con todos sus problemas” (Art. 310).

Apreciamos que el Papa empodere a las iglesias locales para encontrar interpretaciones ajustadas de asuntos “doctrinales, morales o pastorales” (Art. 3). Esto dará mayor flexibilidad y libertad a las diócesis para tomar decisiones prácticas, lo cual es importante cuando se trata de trabajo pastoral con personas LGBTQI y sus familias.

El documento da guías novedosas en el discernimiento pastoral, enfatizando que los pastores necesitan respetar la conciencia de la persona, tomar la situación individual en consideración y seguir la “lógica de la misericordia pastoral” (Art. 307). Además, rechaza una comprensión de la “ley natural” como “un conjunto ya constituido de reglas” lo cual fue una herramienta tradicional en la argumentación anti-homosexual. En su lugar, reinterpreta la ley natural como “una fuente de inspiración objetiva para su proceso, eminentemente personal, de toma de decisión” (Art. 305). Sin duda, “aquellos que manifiestan una orientación homosexual” deben ser asistidos desde una “respetuosa guía pastoral” para ser capaces “de comprender y llevar a cabalidad la voluntad de Dios en sus vidas” (Art. 305).

 Educación Sexual

El Papa Francisco reitera las enseñanzas del Concilio Vaticano Segundo basado en la necesidad de “una positiva y prudente educación sexual”, destacando los desafíos de esta “en una época en que la sexualidad tiende a ser banalizada y a empobrecerse” (Art. 280). Él destaca que “el impulso sexual puede ser cultivado en un camino de autoconocimiento y en el desarrollo de una capacidad de autodominio, que pueden ayudar a sacar a la luz capacidades preciosas de gozo y de encuentro amoroso” (Art.280). El Papa también llama por una educación sexual que incluya el “respeto y valoración de las diferencias” y que una “valorización del propio cuerpo en su femineidad o masculinidad es necesaria para reconocerse a sí mismo en el encuentro con el diferente” (Art. 285). Esperamos que esta declaración puede hacer una diferencia en la vida de muchos adolescentes LGBTQI que frecuentemente enfrentan insensibilidad en sus escuelas y cuya diferencia no es siempre reconocida y aceptada sanamente, con frecuencia por miembros de la Iglesia.

Familias con personas LGBTQI

Cuando el Papa habla explícitamente sobre familias que “viven la experiencia de tener en su seno a personas con tendencias homosexuales” (Art. 250), el confirma la dignidad de cada persona humana sin considerar su orientación sexual. El clama por respeto y a repudiar la agresión y violencia. Aun mas, una de las declaraciones del Papa Francisco discutiendo el cuidado pastoral para familias con miembros gays o lesbianas es incluida en una sección titulada “Iluminar Crisis, Angustias y Dificultades”. De todos modos, dicha clasificación, revela una suposición de que los temas LGTBQI son problemas simples a ser superados, y no reconoce las virtudes y gracias que ocurren cuando una familia acepta y ama a sus miembros LGBTQI.

Acogemos el reconocimiento del documento sobre la necesidad de un cuidado pastoral respetuoso. Sabemos desde nuestra experiencia, trabajando con personas Católicas LGTBQI, que las más respetuosas y efectivas formas de cuidado pastoral son aquellas que son hechas en consulta a personas LGBTQI que respetan sus realidades vitales, honran sus voces y aspiraciones, como también celebran sus dones y dignidad en la comunidad de creyentes.

El problema del lenguaje

Que el texto use “orientación homosexual” (como en la versión de habla inglesa) para referirse a personas que experimentan atracción sexual por el mismo sexo es un asunto que vale la pena destacar, considerando que, en pronunciamientos previos de la Iglesia en este tema, siempre se suele usar el término despectivo “tendencias homosexuales” (como en la versión de habla castellana).

Esto no significa que la Iglesia haya superado los problemas básicos del lenguaje, aun para expresiones reduccionistas como “atracción por el mismo sexo” que son todavía simplistas e insatisfactorias. La GNRC no puede ignorar el continuo daño para el bienestar espiritual y personal causado por el uso de lenguaje teológico incierto e impreciso como “intrínsecamente maligno” u “objetivamente desordenado”. La GNRC acoge la falta de dicho vocabulario en “La Alegría del Amor” pues dichas categorías fomentan posturas prejuiciosas hacía personas y comunidades LGBTQI, no restando en contribuir en las altas tasas de intimidación, auto-agresión y suicidio entre jóvenes LGBTQI.

Uniones Homosexuales

Estamos decepcionados que Francisco reitere la posición largamente mantenida por la Iglesia de que “no existe ningún fundamento para asimilar o establecer analogías, ni siquiera remotas, entre las uniones homosexuales y el designio de Dios sobre el matrimonio y la familia” (Art. 251). Además, parece no ofrecer mucho espacio para el dialogo y exploración teológica en estos nuevos “signos de los tiempos”. Las experiencias vividas por varias parejas del mismo sexo alrededor de todo el mundo y que son partes de los creyentes Católicos debieran alentar a la Iglesia a discernir sobre esta y otras expresiones de la existencia LGBTQI, en lugar de continuar haciendo declaraciones categóricas que cierran la puerta al dialogo.

Es valorable que Francisco este preocupado que “una de las mayores pobrezas de la cultura actual es la soledad, fruto de la ausencia de Dios en la vida de las personas y de la fragilidad de las relaciones”. Él destaca que el “Estado tiene la responsabilidad de crear las condiciones legislativas y laborales para garantizar el futuro de los jóvenes y ayudarlos a realizar su proyecto de formar una familia” (Art. 43). El Concilio Vaticano Segundo también hace eco de esta perspectiva cuando establece que “tal amor, asociado a la vez a lo humano y lo divino, lleva a los esposos a un don libre y mutuo de sí mismos, comprobado por sentimientos y actos de ternura, e impregna toda su vida” (Art. 125). Aun así, esto parece sólo aplicar a las relaciones heterosexuales, y en ningún lugar de la Exhortación Apostólica hay un reconocimiento tácito de que esto también pudiera ser cierto para relaciones del mismo sexo. Esperamos que la Iglesia aplique la misma lógica que usa para otras uniones irregulares como a las compuestas por uniones del mismo sexo y no dejará “de valorar los elementos constructivos en aquellas situaciones que todavía no corresponden o ya no corresponde a su enseñanza sobre el matrimonio” (Art. 292).

Condena a la violencia contra personas LGBTQI no es suficiente

Adicionalmente mencionamos con preocupación que el Papa Francisco reitera posiciones, repetidas en los documentos Sinodales, que consideran como inaceptable que la ayuda internacional sea condicionada a la introducción de leyes que formalicen el matrimonio de personas del mismo sexo (Art. 251), mientras no es lo suficientemente clara en su denuncia de la violencia legal en muchos países del mundo hacía personas LGBTQI que son criminalizadas por ser quienes son. La Exhortación Apostólica reconoce que las personas LGBTQI experimentan agresión y violencia, sin embargo, no recomienda ninguna forma o remedio más allá de la evasión.

En un contexto global donde las personas LGBTQI continúan enfrentando varias formas de agresión que se manifiestan en violencia estructural, física, cultural, espiritual, y sicológica, esta respuesta es inadecuada. Donde la criminalización, violencia extra judicial, penas capitales, tortura, terapias de conversión, vilipendio moral y negación de los derechos humanos para las personas LGBTQI es aún prevalente, solicitamos a los líderes de nuestra Iglesia a urgentemente llamar al fin de toda forma de agresión para las personas LGTBQI y sus familias. Instamos a la Santa Sede que haga una declaración explicita condenando las leyes que criminalizan a las personas LGBTQI. Dicha declaración sería enteramente consistente con los principios que el Papa ha hecho en este documento y que ya existen en las enseñanzas de la Iglesia.

Entendiendo sobre Genero e “Ideología de Género”

También damos cuenta que, el marco discursivo de Francisco respecto a la “Ideología de Género”, está basado en la comprensión de género como una constante biológica y que la ideología supuestamente reduce la identidad de género a “una opción individualista, que también cambia con el tiempo” (Art. 56). Aunque se valora, por una parte, la preocupación de la Iglesia para cualquier reduccionismo relativista sobre temas relacionados al género; sin embargo, llamamos a la Iglesia a no trivializar la experiencia real de las personas transgenero, para quienes escoger una identidad de género que es diferente a la de su sexo biológico no es un asunto de escoger un género diferente, sino que más bien permitírseles ser sinceros a su “verdad”, como la viven en el más íntimo sentido de su ser.

Al mismo tiempo, recibimos el reconocimiento de Francisco respecto a que la masculinidad y femineidad no son categorías rígidas y que las construcciones sociales de género pueden ser más bien fluidas; de este modo, sin discriminar a los individuos respecto a sus profesiones, artes o liderazgos en base a su género particular (Art. 286).

La necesidad de un discernimiento más profundo en asuntos LGBTQI

Pese a que el documento promueve un acercamiento dialogante para el trabajo pastoral de la Iglesia, este ha demostrado una falta de comprensión científica de la vida LGBTQI; como al mismo tiempo de las frecuentemente severas realidades enfrentadas, tanto al interior como fuera de la Iglesia.

Invitamos al Papa Francisco junto a sus compañeros Padres Sinodales a configurar un proceso de escucha que tenga por objetivo una consulta amplia a personas LGBTQI y sus familias como también a colegiados, científicos y profesionales en el área de la salud, psicología y otras ciencias sociales. Esperamos que dicho proceso pueda informar a la Iglesia mientras discierne su comprensión sobre las personas LGBTQI y en su debido tiempo clarificar y revisar su visión, doctrina y lenguaje respecto a ellas y el plan de Dios para las mismas.

Conclusión

Miramos con atención el gentil animo de Francisco para un dialogo dentro de la familia, basado en el reconocimiento que las distintas personas que en su interior la componen tienen diversos puntos de vista, preocupaciones, habilidades y visiones. Él continúa reconociendo que cada persona tiene su propia verdad y preocupaciones profundas, invocando a la sensibilidad y empatía con el otro “al tratar de ponerse en su lugar e interpretar el fondo de su corazón, detectar lo que le apasiona y tomar esa pasión como punto de partida para profundizar en el dialogo” (Art. 138).

Mientras valoramos esta comprensión de dialogo, también invitamos a la Iglesia a recibir este tipo de dialogo para sí misma y adoptar dicha actitud hacía la gran cantidad de personas LGBTQI dentro de la Iglesia Católica que quieren también compartir con ella su propia vivencia de fe en su diversidad sexual y de género. Instamos al Papa Francisco a seguir su propio consejo para las familias:

“Hace falta liberarse de la obligación de ser iguales. También se necesita astucia para advertir a tiempo las “interferencias” que puedan aparecer, de manera que no destruyan un proceso de dialogo” (Art. 139).”

IF THE DOOR IS STILL NOT UNLOCKED, MAYBE THE KEY IS UNDER THE MAT ?

 The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics Responds to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love

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Pope Francis’s response to the 2014 & 2015 Synods of Catholic Bishops on Marriage & Family, the Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of Love , raises more questions than it answers for LGBTQI Catholics, parents and families, globally. Disappointed by the light touch given to same-sex and gender identity concerns in the papal document, published 8 April 2016, the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics welcomes, nevertheless, the fact that the doors of welcome in this Jubilee Year of Mercy have not been slammed shut definitively. However, the GNRC is pleased that Pope Francis offers some clues as to where the key might be found, even if it looks more like it might be under the door-mat!

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