This is how we have made 2018 the biggest ever year for Pride in the UK Pope Francis | Photo: Casa Rosada via Wikimedia The majority of practicing Catholics want the Church to be more inclusive of young LGBT people, a survey reveals.
Many Catholics are calling for a more positive approach towards young people. They are also urging the Church to change its teaching on LGBTI in order to be more welcoming of lesbian, gay, bi and trans teens.
YouGov carried the survey for the Equal Future 2018 Campaign.
Equal Future 2018 is an international campaign aiming to convey a positive message of acceptance to LGBT kids. Its goal is to raise awareness around the world of the damage done to children when they perceive that being LGBT would be a misfortune or a disappointment. Eight countries took part in the survey
The survey involved people in the world’s largest Catholic countries: Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Philippines, United States, France, Spain and Italy. Significantly, these eight countries make half of the world’s Catholic population.
‘These poll findings are a clarion call to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church from its members that it is time to change their approach to LGBT people,’ Campaign Director of Equal Future 2018 Tiernan Brady said.
‘The people of the Catholic Church are leading the way on LGBT issues and it is time the upper management caught up with their flock.’ Catholics are calling for change
“The figures clearly show that Catholic people across the globe believe that the current teaching and approach of the hierarchy towards LGBT people is now damaging to children and young people and the clear majority wants the Church to change its approach.”
‘The support levels for changing the Catholic Church approach to LGBT people are reflected not just in the opinions of the general populations of all the countries polled, but also amongst baptized and practicing Catholics. This is not a call for change from outside the Church, it is from its own people.’
‘The truth is that far too many children and young people grow up thinking that if they or someone they knew turned out to be LGBT it would be bad luck or a disappointment. Most of the damage that comes from learning such attitudes happens to children and young people long before anyone knows if they are LGBT or not,’ Brady continued. Pope Francis said therapy might help
Earlier this year, Pope Francis addressed the LGBT young people in a speech.
On his way back from Dublin, where the Meeting of Families took place in August, the pope replied to a journalist asking what to do if a child comes out as gay, bi, or trans.
He said that if children comes out as LGBT in their early years, therapy might be a useful solution.
Perceived by some as an eerie reference to conversion therapy, the statement received the criticism of the LGBTI community. You might also like: