The chair of Quest, Ruby Almeida, has met Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay and one of Pope Francis' group of 8 cardinal advisors. Terence Weldon has an insightful review of the meeting on his 'Queering the Church' Blog.
It is interesting to read of the Cardinals honesty that "he was not aware of the difﬁculties and pain that they (the LGBT community) suffered as he is isolated from grass roots issues and only aware of what he is informed of by his advisers."
"Archbishop Gracias was open to "the possibility of a Mass under the banner of ‘all are welcome’ and the hope is that this could be the start of something positive for the Catholic gay community there.”
Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry writes:
"Cardinal Gracias has already shown he can be courageous about LGBT issues when last year he was India’s only religious leader to speak out against the possible re-criminalization of homosexuality in that country. The fact that he is also so close to Pope Francis means that his opinion on these matters can have a lot of weight. In addition to being a close papal advisor, Gracias is also President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India and Secretary General of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, so his influence can also be horizontal to other bishops, as well as vertical to the Vatican and Pope Francis."
Makes an exciting to change to hear a positive view about LGBT issues. Intrinsically good news in my book !
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