Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons join the world in shock

Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons join the world in the shock, sadness, prayers and resolve to actions of love after the mass shooting in Orlando. Pope Francis has expressed the “deepest feelings of horror and condemnation” and the Bishop of Orlando spoke of a “sword piercing the heart of Orlando.”

In Los Angeles, we have stood in Long Beach, Los Angeles and at the Islamic Center to say NO to ALL HATRED AND VIOLENCE and discrimination because of faith, immigration status, or sexual orientation. Our actions must be that of “loving our neighbor.” Our actions must be about programs and services for any who are mentally ill. Our actions must be about seeking out and helping those in our own or other faiths that “radicalize” sacred texts in support of violence and hatred. Our actions must honor the humanity of our LGBTQ sisters and brothers and their parents and family members in our congregations and next door neighbors. Our actions must be about in our American society to honor both 1st and 2nd amendments joining in a national ban on weapons of the battle field in our streets without making gun ownership a higher value that the respect for human life. Our hearts and prayers join with those whose loved ones were killed. We stand with those still in hospitals as well as all traumatized by this act of hatred and terror. Our faith tells us that once again we must join with others to change laws, policies, attitudes and hearts to honor Jesus’ radical demand “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Fr. Chris Ponnet
Spiritual Director for Archbishop Gomez for the Office of Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Pastor, St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care