The Roman Catholic Church has recently removed the acronym LGBT from an official document that discusses recommendations on how young people are to be welcome to the church.
A global summit for bishops of the Catholic Church called the Synod of youths which took place through the month of October ended with the approval of a final 60-page document in the night of Saturday the 27th of October.
The working draft of the now approved document had included the acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender which made it the first time in the history of the Catholic Church where the abbreviation has been used in an official capacity.
Nevertheless, the final publication avoided the use of the initialism of the full words “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,” using in its stead, the words homosexuality and sexual inclination.
A few young people were given a chance to seat and air their opinions, as the Catholic Church battles with sexual abuse scandal, but they were not given the privilege to vote.
According to the report from the Religious news service, the watered down Section 150 on LGBT+ people in the newly published document was passed by only two votes. That was the slimmest majority of all the 167 proposals in the recently released work.
Some progressive United States of America and British bishops voted for the use of a more inclusive term to welcome youths who fall into the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender category into the Catholic Church. However, some bishops from North America and Africa voted against the use of any words that might create the impression that the Catholic Church is in support of the LGBT movement, including the use of the acronym in any of the church publication.
An article published in the Catholic newspaper called the tablet, started that the removal of the LGBT acronym was a “missed opportunity for the Church,” the article added that it would have been “a chance to build bridges with young gay people, to demonstrate a keenness to love and listen, that was sacrificed to a reflexive obsession with preserving the status quo.”
At the meeting, the bishops that were present also called for women in the Catholic Church to take part in the roles of decision making in the church. However, even though women were present at the meeting, none of them was allowed to engage in the voting process at the Synod.
The removal of the phrase from the document is another pointer to the Catholic Church’s lukewarm take on issues related to LGBT+.
Back in May this year it was recorded that Pope Francis has told a certain man: “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this, and I don’t care.”
However, in the month of August this year, the Pope was also reported to have told parents of gay children to endeavour to take their kids to see a psychiatrist. The Vatican, however, said that the remark made by the Pope was not an attempt to Mental illness with homosexuality.
Another time the Pope had said something that wasn’t in approval of the LGBT people was in 2017 when he said transgender and non-binary human beings could make other people infertile.