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Welcoming our LGBT+ Sisters and Brothers


The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons [and daughters] of God coming into their own.[Romans 8:9]

In this article, I aspire to shed a little light on the background and position of LGBT+ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexualities) in the Catholic Church. I write from the perspective of a gay man who is a Franciscan brother and priest. I share a story and give some context. In my article I will engage with Dignity ’s mission statement, the narrowing of our understanding of sexuality, the reality of oppression and the need for dialogue. Finally, I will look at normalisation and the sensus fidei , the need for a paradigm shift and future challenges. Overall, I hope to contribute positively to an ongoing dialogue.