Philadelphia Archbishop: ‘Joy and wholeness’ requires denying existence of LGBTQ Catholics

By Zack Ford

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has rejected the possibility that LGBTQ Catholics exist. The Catholic Church’s position on sexuality “is the only real path to joy and wholeness,” he insisted, even if young people see it as a barrier to connecting with the Church.

Chaput made the comments earlier this month as part of the Church’s Synod 2018 on Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment, a global assembly of bishops occurring all month. It was among the objections he voiced regarding how the synod was catering to the perspectives of young people (ages 18-29), insisting that if they feel disconnected from the Church, then the Church must redouble its efforts, rather than change to accommodate them.

A presentation at the pre-synodal meeting earlier this year included a reference to “LGBT youth” who wish to feel more closeness with the Church, including support from it. Though that language appears to have been removed from the subsequent documents, Chaput still objected that it had ever been used at all.

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