Saturday 19 October 2019

Catholics call for change on LGBT issues

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Sarah MacDonald

A majority of Catholics want the Church to reconsider its teaching on LGBT issues, a new poll launched in Rome yesterday has revealed.

A total of 9,606 people were surveyed across Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, United States, Philippines, France, Italy and Spain for the poll, representing half of the world's Catholic population.

The survey was carried out by Yougov on behalf of Equal Future 2018, a coalition of LGBT, progressive Catholic religious, children and young peoples' groups.

Campaign director Tiernan Brady, who led the marriage equality campaign in Ireland in 2015, launched the findings in Rome. He described the survey findings as "a clarion call to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church from its members that it is time to change their approach to LGBT people" which is "damaging to children and young people".

Highlighting how ordinary people in the pews "are leading the way on LGBT issues", he said it was "time the upper management caught up with their flock".

Irish Independent

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