Papal Document a missed opportunity to tackle part of the 'architecture of homophobia'

08 April 2016

In a new document Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love), Pope Francis outlines the catholic church’s teachings on family issues, but makes little progress on the Catholic Church's teachings on LGBT people.

Amoris Laetitia speaks of compassion but the message that it contains about LGBT people is still a negative one, and will be felt by many, in particular LGBT Catholics and their families, as a hurtful one. These negative messages can feed a culture of hostility and as the recent LGBTIreland research showed such intolerance can cause real harm to the mental health and well-being of LGBT people, particularly young LGBTI people.

  • Media Release: Vatican’s Amoris Laetitia: A missed opportunity to tackle the architecture of homophobia


    The new Apostilic Exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia' is a missed the opportunity to embrace the very positive changes in attitudes towards lesbian and gay people that have come about over the last 20 years in Ireland and across many parts of the world. The Pope, as the leader of the institutional Catholic Church, could have used this opportunity to dismantle a key element of the ‘architecture of homophobia’ which comes from the Church’s teachings on LGBT people.
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