Irish bishops feature lesbian, LGBT activist in World Meeting of Families video

From LifeSiteNews:

Dublin, Ireland, February 23, 2018 

A video put out by the Irish bishops to prepare families for the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Ireland contains an interview with an LGBT activist who said she’s “upset” with Catholic teaching on homosexuality.

The video also contains an interview with a woman who says that the fact that she’s “gay” has “never been a huge problem in my family.”

The video comes a few months after the Catholic bishops released a booklet based on Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Laetitia to help prepare families for the World Meeting of Families next August that contained images of same-sex couples as well as pro-homosexual texts. The bishops have since reissued the booklet without the pro-homosexual material after LifeSiteNews reported on the matter.

Pope Francis is expected to attend the August event.

Pro-family leaders in Ireland who have been watching the Irish Bishops’ ‘Amoris’ program are not surprised to see the program’s videos contain a ‘nod and a wink’ towards the LGBT agenda.

Prior to its release, the video was advertised as having short interviews which would include “someone who is gay or lesbian.” The video comes from session five of the ‘Amoris’ program and is titled “God’s mercy – No One Excluded.

In one part of the video, an elderly woman named Gemma who admitted that she promotes the normalization of homosexuality within the Church says that one of her sons came out as “gay” when he was twenty-seven.

“I was quite ignorant at the time as regards gay people and didn’t really understand. I got involved with a group of parents in the north of Ireland and spent quite a lot of time with them and those very words ‘intrinsically evil’ and ‘disordered’ really upset us,” she said.

“We were people from Protestant and Catholic churches and people of no religion but we were just there as parents. We wanted to love and support our offspring,” she added.

Gemma then says that she felt “hurt” and “angry” about the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and decided to “turn my anger into something positive.” She became involved in setting up a group to reach out to other parents of “gay” children and work “within the framework of the Catholic Church.”

She said that supporting her son’s homosexuality has helped her to be a “much better, better Christian and to be much more inclusive.”

The video also includes a young woman named Alison who says she’s “gay.”

“The fact that I’m gay has never been a huge problem in my family situation,” she said.

“I came out to my parents when I was about 20, and whilst you know, I’m not going to say they were absolutely delighted ‘that’s wonderful,’ they were amazing, they were very good about it,” she says.

The video presents both women in a positive light. The video does not contain any reference to Catholic teaching on homosexuality.

Also in the video is Irish-born Bishop David O’Connell, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Bishop O’Connell concludes the video session saying, “As Pope Francis again says, there are lots of things the Church can give to the world: dogma and teachings and canon law and a sense of vision for life. And it’s all grand. But, to quote the song, ‘what the world needs now’ is some, some kind of an outpouring of compassion.’”

The pro-homosexual agenda that appears to be part of the World Meeting of Families has caused a Catholic organization to host its own conference that will run at the same time.

Lumen Fidei Institute will host a two day “Conference of Catholic Families” in Dublin from August 22-23. The organization will ensure that authentic magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church on marriage and family life will be faithfully presented during the conference. Those interested in more information can email

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5 Responses to Irish bishops feature lesbian, LGBT activist in World Meeting of Families video

  1. Simon says:

    ‘what the world needs now’ is some, some kind of an outpouring of compassion.’” ….. here, here!


  2. Mary Salmond says:

    The percentage of homosexual issues at the family conference should be proportionate to the amount of people who are – less than 2%. Calling for respect of all humans and a chaste life whether hetero-single or homo. So, in essence, 98% of the conference should be about support and encouragement of pro-life issues, male and female responsibilities, marriage, families, broken families and how to aid them. Following the tradition of the Catholic church in all issues. “Upset” is a feeling, could include embarrassment. We’ve all been there – for instance, if one of our children is in heterosexual cohabitation.


  3. johnhenrycn says:

    Simon says:
    “[W]hat the world needs now is some kind of an outpouring of compassion…here, here!”
    “Here, here” [sic] indeed, but the issue is not so simple, Simon. What the dream world in which homosexuals, lesbians, feminists and transsexuals live needs more than compassion is a large dose of reality; and they’re going to get it, good and hard. Not saying when, but mene, mene, tekel, upharsin, as the prophet warned Belshazzar. And what Ireland needs is another prophet like Danny-boy of old, not a bunch of cynical clapped-out clerics who go along to get along.
    I was surprised by the close resemblance between the sapphic pictured above and this attractive young *Sexual Studies* graduand of my alma mater who goes by the name “Levi Hord”…
    …which sounds more male than female. The accompanying biographical note avoids any gratuitous gender pigeonholes, so I can’t say for sure. I took electives in *sexual* studies at university (not in high school) but I never earned a Rhodes Scholarship in the, er, field. I didn’t know that you could.


  4. rachel says:

    These people are living in a blissful state of ignorance: sin will attract suffering and punishment eventually – and theirs is one kind of sin among many.


  5. Toad says:

    ”These people are living in a blissful state of ignorance:”
    “…where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.” (Gray.)


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