A congress of Catholic homosexual associations from 16 countries is to take place in Portimão in October.
Representatives from the 28 associations will attend the first World Congress of Gay Catholic Associations from 6 to 8 October and Pope Francis then will be sent an official letter asking for more inclusion for gay Catholics.
José Leote, the coordinator of Rumos Novos the host association from Portugal, said that the meeting in Portimão will produce a document to be delivered to the Vatican in time for the Synod of the Family taking place in Rome between 5 and 19 October.
The structure of a future World Organisation of Associations of Catholic Homosexuals also will be discussed.
In the letter to the Vatican, the associations will be calling for a greater inclusion of gay believers in the Catholic Church, including "their integration at all levels of the Church and the possibility of working in parishes without the stigma of sexual orientation," explained Leote who referred to the difficulties that gays have in becoming godparents as an example of current discrimination.
The Pope already has stated that the Catholic Church should not dismiss gay marriages but should study them, in a softening of his stance on this and other tricky social issues.
The Pope wants senior Church leaders to “look into” the issue and to scrutinise the reasons why many countries have legalised same-sex marriages.
The investigation into new types of family that the Vatican has initiated in every diocese in the world includes questions about Catholic homosexuals and their role in the modern Church.
What with "Ryanair breaking a Passenger's record too"
“When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person." He (The Pope) has also suggested that the church could “look at the different cases and evaluate them in their variety,” when it came to the matter of civil unions.
No he did not!! Good grief, doesn't any one read the Catholic catechism or Canon Law?
The Church and NO POPE can EVER make gay marriages valid in the Catholic Church. No one, absolutely no one- not even the pope- has that authority. The Sacrament of Marriage can NEVER change. 1man+1woman=marriage Period.
But on a more serious note : calling for a greater inclusion of gay believers in the Catholic Church ....
Have we not had two thousand years of 'greater inclusion' ?
And if not driven by envy and 'muddled' homosexual urges (not helped by fem/fem issues) - why were so many female witches killed during the Catholic Persecutions of the Middle Ages? How often in the trial records were the poor unfortunates repeatedly described as 'comely'; 'wholesome' or some variation of 'lustfully admired'. Think Hammer Films.
Given the power and status differences of those times - perhaps worse even than Portugal today - surely a straight man would have just jumped aboard ?
Not wasted time with a 'witch' trial.