Today, HRC criticized the decision by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to eliminate language that was inclusive and supportive of LGBT Catholics from the conference’s final report.
“Once more members of the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church have erred on the side of hypocrisy and fear,” said Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera, HRC Foundation’s Director of Latino/a and Catholic Initiatives. “The deeply entrenched anti-LGBT forces within the Church prevailed, ignoring Pope Francis’ message of inclusion and respect, and fundamentally rejecting the voices and lives of LGBT Catholics.”
A preliminary version of the report, which was made public just days ago, asserted that LGBT people have “gifts and talents to offer the Christian community,” and, for the first time, referred to LGBT couples as “partners” instead of sinners. The interim report also stated that while the Church did not view gay unions as on the “same footing as matrimony between a man and a woman,” it went on to say that “[w]ithout denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners.” That language was not included in the final report released today, an indication that those provisions failed to garner the two-thirds support of those who were eligible to vote on the document.