- February 11, 2013
Post submitted by Sharon Groves, former HRC Director, Religion and Faith Program
In light of the news of the pope's impending resignation, we join the Equally Blessed Coalition in wishing Pope Benedict XVI the best in his retirement, as we look toward the opportunity for the hierarchy to move away from its anti-LGBT stance.
Let us seize this moment, to find ways of breaking down barriers that force people to have to choose between whom they are, whom they love and where they worship.
The Roman Catholic Church is the largest denomination in the United States with an estimated 62 million members. While the majority of Catholics of all ages support LGBT equality, the hierarchy continues to move toward increasingly intolerance stances on LGBT equality.
In the 2012 election cycle alone, the Roman Catholic hierarchy spent $2 million dollars fighting same-sex marriage ballot campaigns.
"We pray for a pope who is willing to listen to and learn from all of God’s people. We pray for a pope who will realize that in promoting discrimination against LGBT people, the church inflicts pain on marginalized people, alienates the faithful and lends moral credibility to reactionary political movements across the globe," stated Equally Blessed Coalition.
HRC has been working for years to build a diverse faith-based movement speaking out for LGBT justice. We call on the Vatican to end its discriminatory stances against LGBT individuals and their families, and join the majority of fair-minded Americans in support of full equality for the community.
To learn more about HRC’s work to promote tolerance and acceptance in the faith community, visit our Religion & Faith resource section.