UK Bishops’ Olive Branch to Divorcees (and Others?)

The letter describes in this report refers directly to divorcees and single parents – but the same principle should apply to queer families. 2014 looks to be a great year for LGBT Catholics.

Roman Catholic bishops’ olive branch to divorcees

Archbishop Bernard Longley

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Roman Catholic bishops have offered an olive branch to divorcees and single parents urging priests and parishioners to do more to welcome those not in “conventional family situations”.The call, in a series of letters read at services, comes ahead of a major gathering in Rome next year which will discuss the possibility of relaxing the ban on remarried divorcees receiving Holy Communion as part of a reassessment of the Church’s response to sweeping changes to family life.The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Rev Bernard Longley, was among a series of British bishops who issued pastoral letters to mark the Feast of the Holy Family – which honours Mary and Joseph – calling for greater “understanding and compassion” within the Church for those faced with marital breakdown.Pope Francis has played down hopes in some quarters of major doctrinal changes but repeatedly spoken of a need not to “judge” people and warned against being “obsessed” with issues such as gay marriage, abortion and contraception.

via Roman Catholic bishops’ olive branch to divorcees – Telegraph.

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