I created a campaign on Avaaz and wanted to share it with my readers.
In it, we’re aiming for something big: for the Catholic Church to show a new stance on LGBT issues with its new choice of Pope.
I know it’s a huge thing to aim for, and will probably not work, but I don’t think that matters so much. Even if we fail, mobilising people over this can only have good side effects. It’s practically always better to do something than stay mired in a feeling of helplessness.
I spent a long time on the text for the petition and am quite proud of it. Here it is:
The Catholic Church’s stance on homosexuality alienates LGBT Christians, driving them to self-hate and even suicide. They need and deserve support, not condemnation, regardless of what anyone thinks of their actions.
We, concerned citizens from around the world, ask the Catholic Church to elect a new Pope who will reflect this understanding and champion a tolerant and, most of all, human treatment towards LGBT people everywhere.
Attitudes are changing on this issue. Everyday people, including Christians, no longer see it as acceptable to discriminate against their LGBT brothers and sisters.
Will the Catholic Church let homosexuality – a victimless “crime” if there ever was one – go the way of the shellfish and the tattoo – other prohibitions given equal weight in the book of Leviticus?
Can it find new ways to champion virtue in this new Millennium – ways that are relevant to the fundamental Christian values of love, charity and forgiveness?
Vatican city, the world is watching.
Signing takes only a few seconds. Here is the link: Catholic Church: Elect A Pope Who Will Support ALL Christians
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