Bish­ops should sup­port LGBT peo­ple, fe­male priests

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD - Jan­ice Sevre-Duszyn­ska, Lex­ing­ton, Ky. The writer is a mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Ro­man Catholic Women Priests.

I am grate­ful that The Baltimore Sun has been giv­ing cov­er­age to the Catholic bish­ops’ an­nual fall assem­bly as this is an im­por­tant gath­er­ing. It was re­ported, “The bish­ops have made it clear they view refugees and im­mi­grants from a pas­toral, not a po­lit­i­cal, per­spec­tive, wel­com­ing them as a mat­ter of re­li­gious duty,” (“Catholic bish­ops, in Baltimore, elect ad­vo­cates for im­mi­grants to top jobs,” Nov. 16). I have re­cently re­turned from the bor­der to sup­port the peo­ple flee­ing vi­o­lence in Latin Amer­ica. I am heart­ened that the bish­ops are rec­og­niz­ing their suf­fer­ing and will act to al­le­vi­ate it.

How­ever, there are two other se­ri­ous is­sues they also need to be dis­cussing from a pas­toral per­spec­tive: First, why are 50 per­cent of Catholics banned from be­ing or­dained based on their gen­der? Sec­ond, there is the bish­ops’ re­fusal to speak out and sup­port the LGBT com­mu­nity. It is time for the bish­ops to ad­dress gen­der in­jus­tice in the church and wel­come women priests and mar­riage equal­ity.

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