Many individuals and groups have called for Pope Francis to listen to LGBT people during his September visit to the United States. Others are skeptical that there will be truly positive engagement from the pontiff on this crucial pastoral issue.
However, real change can happen if U.S. Catholics model Pope Francis’ commitment to encounter and to conversation, a “miracle” of sorts when it happens.
Recently, Ross Murray of GLAAD questioned the pope’s impact in the United States given how troubled the local church remains. In a recent essay for The Advocate, Murray cited the many firings of LGBT and ally church workers as one example of church troubls. Murray admitted to seeing the “profound impact the pope has on people around the globe,” but asked:
“However, until everyday, pew-sitting Catholics feel the lived and tangible impact of Francis’s statement, his words have little meaning. . .
“We have to wonder if Pope Francis and Roman…
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