VATICAN CITY, October 19, 2015 (Churchmilitant.com) - "The Church embraces you, wants you ... needs you." That's what Synod Father Cdl. Oswald Gracias said yesterday about homosexuals in an interview to New Ways Ministry, a "Catholic" LGBT activist group condmemned by the Vatican.
The bishop of Bombay, India, said the Church's attitude towards LGBT people "must be all-embracing, inclusive," since to "not be welcoming would not be a Catholic attitude. It would not be Christ's attitude, certainly."
Gracias supports the idea that the Church should get rid of terms such as "disorder" and "evil" when referring to homosexuality, and expressed hopes the Synod Fathers will "use gentler language, not judgmental language."
He also discouraged LGBT people from leaving the Church, hinting that the Church would eventually accept homosexual activity. "The Church embraces you, wants you and the Church needs you," He said. "Hold on ... we will find a way."
Gracias went so far as to say the bishops should have invited homosexual couples to speak at the Synod. "[It] would have been an enrichment," he lamented. "[It] would help all the Synod Fathers to understand."
Cardinal Gracias, one of the members of the Synod's final drafting committee, gave the interview to Francis DeBernardo, Director of New Ways Ministry's blog. Last week Churchmilitant.com's Michael Voris reported that DeBernardo was granted press credentials to the Vatican's press briefings on the Synod and even allowed to ask questions, despite the fact that his group has been condemned by the Vatican for its heretical ideas, and he isn't a journalist at all, but rather a gay activist.
The faithful continue to wonder how the director of an LGBT activist group, condemned by the Vatican, got press credentials to the Vatican's Synod briefing and an interview with a Synod Father, when such are denied to legitimate journalists and media organizations.