Pope Francis met with the leaders of a network of heterodox, pro-LGBT activist groups after his weekly papal audience in St. Peter’s Square.
On October 25, Francis spoke to the co-chairs of the “Global Network of Rainbow Catholics” (GNRC), a coalition of dissenting, pro-LGBT, self-professed Catholic groups from across the world, following his Wednesday audience.
Among the North American members of the coalition are DignityCanada, DignityUSA, New Ways Ministry, and Fortunate Families.
The executive director of DignityUSA, Marianne Duddy-Burke, told the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) after the meeting that the pope talked to them for “several minutes” and was “incredibly gracious.” Duddy-Burke called the meeting “a big day for LGBTQ Catholics.”
“I was in tears,” she told NCR. “We have great hope for what he is trying to do to make the church more inclusive.”
Duddy-Burke said she handed Francis a t-shirt with the print “todos, todos, todos” (Spanish for “everyone, everyone, everyone”) in reference to the pope’s frequent statement that “everyone” is “welcome” in the Church. …