What The People of God Would Say to Pope Francis

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A few days ago, we asked Bondings 2.0 readers what you would say about LGBT issues in the Church if you found yourself face to face (or on the phone) with Pope Francis.

Many people responded in the ‘Comments’ section of that blog post, as well as on New Ways Ministry’s social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

The results are best read as a crowd-sourced meditation, the voice of the People of God making known their joys and hopes, griefs and anxieties. Today, we present a sampling of those responses.

As expected, gratitude for Pope Francis’ more inclusive and merciful witness was widely expressed. Lynne thanked the pope for “leading us in love and compassion…Christ-like leadership” and James said Francis is “giving his utmost to the world,” manifesting grace and words of encouragement.

In hospitality mirroring Francis’ openness, readers shared their stories, particularly those of…

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