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Respect and compassion
Letter to the Editor 6-12-24

Dear Editor,

The Church needs to uphold its teachings regarding homosexuality, emphasizing the importance of respect and compassion. However, it is crucial to recognize that using offensive terms when referring to members of the LGBTQ community is not in line with the teachings of the Church.

Pope Francis apologized after he was quoted using a homophobic slur. I commend him for his humility in acknowledging the need for an apology. His actions serve as a valuable example for all priests and individuals who may have used derogatory language when discussing members of the LGBTQ community. Pope Francis’ commitment to respecting the dignity of every human being reminds us to treat others as we would like to be treated.

In both the Church and society, it is imperative that we uphold the principles of respect, empathy, and understanding towards all individuals. It is crucial to engage in open and respectful conversations about LGBTQ issues, seeking to bridge the gap between differing perspectives and finding common ground based on shared values of dignity and human rights. Let us strive to create an environment where everyone’s dignity is honored, regardless of their sexual orientation. Doing so can contribute to a more inclusive and compassionate world.

Fr. Misael Avila