Sunday, 7 December 2008

Times: Quotes and news - No gay jokes, please
7.12.8 compiled by Fr. Joe Borg

"Remember that homophobic jokes and asides can be cruel and hurtful - a careless word can mean another experience of rejection and pain." This directive was given to English Catholic priests in a leaflet produced by the Marriage and Family Life project of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. The bishops asked priests to be more welcoming to gays and to "express appreciation for the gifts that homosexual Catholics bring to their faith community". Gay activists welcomed the bishops' initiative, calling it a big improvement on some Catholic pronouncements on homosexuality.

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