#ShortNews: Church must defend marriage without excluding anyone

One of Ireland’s top bishops says that while the upcoming World Meeting of Families this August must offer a “clear and positive vision for family,” rooted in the traditional understanding of marriage, the Church also must not be marred by homophobia.

“The Catholic Church itself struggles to find a language by which it can relate to people, not just LGBT people but people who feel they have fallen short of the kind of vision or the kind of ideal of what Catholic marriage and family life is about,” said Martin, who served as a delegate in the 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops on the Family, cited the tensions at the previous synods on how the Church should welcome LGBT members and the extent to which certain relationships could be affirmed.

Despite such challenges, Martin told Crux that Pope Francis remains incredibly popular in the country and that they’re trying to use that goodwill to extend to other areas of Catholic life in advance of the August meeting.

Read More: https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2018/04/18/irish-prelate-says-summit-must-uphold-marriage-but-not-homophobia/

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