LGBTQ+, Discrimination, Ministry, Pastoral Needs, Building Bridges
The Catholic Church has had an inconsistent approach to the LGBTQ+ community. The Church speaks of respect, compassion, and sensitivity, while at the same time terminates the employment of workers who openly identify themselves as LGBTQ+, without any other cause for termination. The Church also frequently hinders opportunities for ministry for members of the LGBTQ+. This article calls for a consistent application of Catholic doctrine, so that the respect, compassion, and sensitivity the Church teaches we are to show to members of the LGBTQ+ community is not obscured with unjust discrimination. Based on solid Catholic doctrine, I will establish the moral good of including members of the LGBTQ+ community in ministerial efforts, especially to other members of the community. I will also present some of the pastoral needs of the members of LGBTQ+ community, which include issues of self-acceptance, family rejection, socioeconomic disadvantages, discrimination, recognition of same-sex unions, violence, and suicide. All of these are recognized as valid fields for Catholic ministry, and it should be no different for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Furthermore, issues of violence and suicide are directly related to the “sanctity of life,” a preeminent area of concern for the Catholic Church. I will argue that it is imperative for the Church to approach the LGBTQ+ community with a renewed commitment to building bridges that will make it easier for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come to our family of faith, and experience welcoming and love.
Rodriguez Hernandez, Federico Guillermo (Memo)
"How Should Members of the LGBTQ+ Community be Allowed in Positions of Ministry in the Catholic Church,"
Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies: Vol. 5:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/saysomethingtheological/vol5/iss1/9