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The upcoming World Meeting of Families is headlined by pro-LGBT prelates and priests, but it's also featuring Pope Francis, who recently said real families have a father and mother.
The meeting will be in Ireland, where Catholics voted in 2015 to legalize same-sex marriage. It's specifically in Dublin where Abp. Diarmuid Martin afterward told the press, "I appreciate how gay and lesbian men and women feel on this day. That they feel this is something that is enriching the way they live. I think it is a social revolution." Prior to voting on the same-sex "marriage" referendum, the archbishop would not endorse Catholic teaching on the issue nor tell his flock how to vote.
"I have, however, no wish to stuff my religious views down other people's throats," the archbishop said.
It is hoped, however, that Pope Francis will reaffirm Church teaching that authentic families have only one father. In comments made over the weekend at Rome's Forum of Family Associations, the Holy Father affirmed, "[W]e speak of 'diversified' families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word ... But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one."
Pope Francis is upholding the teaching contained in paragraph 76 of the Final Report of the Synod of Bishops in 2015. Regarding proposals to place unions of homosexual persons on the same level as marriage, the report stated that "there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family."
Faithful Catholics are hoping that this teaching will be represented at the World Meeting of Families in a country where the shepherds did practically nothing to stop their flock from voting to legalize gay "marriage."
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