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Catholics & Pride Month

by Jen Morin-Williamson

This article was originally published in This Good Work.

As June has ended, you may have heard a lot about Pride Month, which occurs during June every year. Pride Month celebrates people who identify as LGBTQ+ and their allies. Originally, the Pride movement grew from a remembrance of the Stonewall uprising in June 1969, which is considered the beginning of the gay rights movement.

I wanted to share just a bit in case you were wondering why Pride Month is important for us as Catholics. When we look at how Jesus lived and what He said, we cannot miss His message of love and reconciliation. That message was radical at the time, and it still is today! Jesus loved people first. He especially sought out marginalized people who have suffered physical, emotional and religious abuse because of their identities. Jesus wanted to share the Good News that God loves everyone regardless of how their community perceives them. Accepting that love, marginalized individuals could be reconciled into the community.

I know countless people who identify as Catholic people of faith and as LGBTQ+ people. These identities are not just how they view themselves, but rather how they understand God made them. To deny anyone part of their identity feels like denying the inherent dignity with which God made them, which is in God’s own image.

I am often asked about the letters LGBTQIA+ – what do they mean, and why are there so many? LGBTQIA+ is an acronym meaning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual. There are so many because people are trying to put a single word to one aspect of their complex identity. And the “+” refers to newer ways to think about identity like pansexual, cis-gender, gender-fluid or nonbinary. Currently people who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their allies often use the term “queer” as well. If you’d like to learn more, please check out these links:

This way of thinking about the Catholic Church and how we can be inclusive of the queer community can be uncomfortable for some. But we always reflect Jesus when we choose love over judgment and exclusion.

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28 de dez. de 2022

I know this article is from more than 6 months ago, but regardless I felt a need to comment.

It is very dangerous to say that Pride Month is "important for Catholics." At the least, it is misleading. The church both globally and nationally in the United States are very clear on this issue.

"The Church seeks to enable every person to live out the universal call to holiness. Persons with a homosexual inclination ought to receive every aid and encouragement to embrace this call personally and fully. This will unavoidably involve much struggle and self-mastery, for following Jesus always means following the way of the Cross...The Sacraments of the Eucharist and of Penance are essential sources of consolation and…

Miriam Madrigal
Miriam Madrigal
28 de mai. de 2023
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You want people to believe that God is love and to not lead them astray? This June 2023 I encourage you to meditate on this...

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

I hope this helps soften your heart of any preconception you…

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