John M. Becker

Francis Invites Anti-LGBT Faith Leaders to Chat

Filed By John M. Becker | November 05, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Catholic attacks on LGBT rights, Catholic Church, Catholicism, ecumenism, gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Pope Francis, Rick Warren, Russell Moore, same-sex marriage

francis.jpgPope Francis is inviting a group of prominent non-Catholic religious leaders to the Vatican later this month for a discussion about marriage and family, where they are expected to advocate for marriage discrimination. Among those scheduled to attend are prominent anti-LGBT American evangelicals like Rick Warren and the Southern Baptist Convention's Russell Moore, Religion News Service reports:

While hosted by Vatican officials and scheduled to open with an address by Pope Francis, the conference will include Muslim and Jewish representatives, as well as American leading evangelicals like megachurch pastor Rick Warren and Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore.

The gathering comes just weeks after Pope Francis and senior Catholic leaders wrapped up a two-week Vatican Synod of Bishops on the family, which highlighted tensions within the Catholic hierarchy over gays and lesbians and cohabiting couples...

Organizers say the new conference will show that while the Catholic hierarchy is split on how to address contemporary challenges to marriage and family life, the church can nonetheless seek common ground with religious leaders outside the Vatican.

The meeting, titled "An International Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman," will take place from November 17-19 and reportedly feature about 30 speakers from 20 countries and 14 religious traditions, including the Sikh, Muslim, and Mormon faiths.

But hey, Francis is reaching out to other faith leaders -- look how "progressive" he is!

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