Vatican apologizes for removing LGBT ministry video from website


A view shows a gathering of worshipers in St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis leads Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican on March 29, 2015. |

The Vatican has apologized for removing a link to a video of a Catholic LGBT advocacy group from the website of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

The Maryland-based New Ways Ministry saw a reference to its webinar video removed from the “resources” page on the synod’s website earlier this month.

The video urged LGBT Catholics to get involved in a consultation process to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming in general, but it was removed earlier this month without explanation.

Synod spokesperson Thierry Bonaventura apologized for the deletion, and the New Ways webinar reference has been reposted on the website.

“When walking together we can sometimes fall, the important thing is to get up with the help of the brothers and sisters,” Bonaventura said, as reported by the Associated Press on Monday.

New Ways Ministry executive director Francis DeBernardo issued a statement in response, saying he “warmly accepts the apology” and thanked the Synod of Bishops for “recognizing the harm such an affront would have caused to LGBTQ people and the whole church. “

“We appreciate that apologies are never easy to make. New Ways Ministry had not requested one, which makes this gesture all the more authentic, ”said DeBernardo.

“This unprecedented apology from a Vatican office corrects the previous error and amplifies, even more strongly, the reception that Pope Francis has extended to LGBTQ people. God is indeed acting in mysterious ways, transforming what might have been great evil into an instrument of greater connection. “

In October, Pope Francis officially launched a two-year global consultation process for the Catholic Church, which will end with a Synod on Synodality in 2023.

During a mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica on October 10, the pontiff encouraged those gathered to “look others in the eye and listen to what they have to say”, believing that Catholics should “become experts in the art of dating ”.

“Not so much by organizing events or theorizing about issues, as taking the time to meet the Lord and one another,” Pope Francis said, as reported by the Catholic News Agency.

“Time to devote to prayer and adoration – this prayer that is so neglected: adoring, making room for adoration – listening to what the Spirit wants to say to the Church.

The Vatican made headlines earlier this year when its Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a statement saying churches do not have the power to bless same-sex marriage since God “cannot bless sin.”

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