Can an openly gay person be a faithful Catholic?
• [Homosexual persons] have a right to respect, friendship and justice. They should have an active role in the Christian community [B]ecause heterosexuals can usually look forward to marriage, and homosexuals… might not, the Christian community should provide them a special degree of pastoral understanding and care. US Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, To Live In Christ Jesus, 1976 • [A]ll homosexual persons have a right to be welcomed into the community, to hear the word of God, and to receive pastoral care. Homosexual persons living chaste lives should have opportunities to lead and serve the community. Chastity means integrating ones thoughts, feelings, and actions, in the area of human sexuality, in a way that values and respects ones own dignity and that of others. Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers, NCCB Committee on Marriage and Family, Third Printing, Revised, June 1998 • To our homosexual brothers and sist