Wednesday, June 15, 2011
LGBT Christians to Pope: Stop homophobia! (plus photos of EuroPride & John McNeill)
LGBT Christians, including gay priest John McNeill, presented a letter to the Pope asking him to end homophobia, then marched with thousands through Rome the next day in the big EuroPride parade.
“We ask Your Holiness to condemn violence against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals and to ensure that criminal punishment for sexual relations between people of the same sex are lifted around the world,” the letter begins. Silence from the Vatican, the letter says, “could be interpreted as approval of the violence.” Click here for the whole letter.
The letter to Pope Benedict XVI is signed by co-presidents of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups on behalf of the 44 member groups from 23 countries in Europe. It was presented on June 10.
I honor these brave people for taking their call for justice to the very top the church hierarchy. Let’s celebrate with them by enjoying these photos of EuroPride.
Photos are © 2011 by Bill Wilson of SanFranciscoSentinel.com, unless noted otherwise. Visit his website, billwilsonphotos.com, for lots more photos of EuroPride. The Jesus in Love Blog warmly thanks Bill for generously agreeing to be our eyes in Rome!
For more info, see our previous posts:
Gay priest McNeill shakes up Rome with new moves and new movie
Update: Gay priest McNeill’s premiere succeeds despite rain in Rome at EuroPride
European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups.