Monday, 20 August 2018 23:16

LGBT families to be represented at the World Meeting of Families

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Openly gay Irish Prime Minister and a pro-LGBT priest will address the pope during the World Meeting of Families to be held August 21-26 in Dublin.

The World Meeting of Families is an international event that takes place every three years and "brings together families from around the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as a cornerstone of lives, society, and the Church". This year's theme is "The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is gay, and James Martin, a pro-LGBT priest, will talk with Pope Francis and the audience about LGBT families' issues, their representation and their acceptance within the Church.

Leo Varadkar will have an interview on August 25 with the pope during which he hopes to address the recognition of homosexuality in society.

He recently said, "I am really happy that the pope is going to Ireland. I don't know what will be the content of our meeting yet: [this one] may be very short, but if the opportunity arises, I would like to explain to him the real concerns of the Irish."

He would like to reiterate to Pope Francis "that today's families come in all kinds of different forms, including those led by single parents or same-sex parents".

For his part, James Martin was invited to speak in front of the audience. Author of Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, Martin is a priest who works a lot for the acceptance of homosexuality in the Church.

Despite a strong opposition, Leo Varadkar and James Martin will be at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin to talk about LGBT families.