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Gay Catholics laud pope’s remarks, but say words are insufficient

By Lisa Wangsness GLOBE STAFF  JUNE 28, 2016
Gay Catholic leaders in Boston are hailing Pope Francis’s assertion Sunday that Christians should apologize to gay people for marginalizing them.
But they also insist that words are insufficient: The church, they say, must change its teaching that gay sex is “intrinsically evil” and that marriage is a heterosexual union.

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Gay Catholic families plan pilgrimage to see pope

By Lisa Wangsness GLOBE STAFF  SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

Marcie Garber

Marcia Garber knows what she would say to Pope Francis if she could talk with him during his first trip to the United States later this month.

Garber, an observant Catholic whose second child was designated female at birth but always felt like a boy, would like to know what Francis would have done if he had been in her shoes.

“How does he expect a parent to behave when your child’s gender doesn’t fit?” said Garber, who lives in Manchester, N.H. “We couldn’t say to our child, who was in so much distress, ‘Well, this is your cross for you to bear for your life.’ ”

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LGBT Catholics are looking forward to Pope Francis’s US visit and hoping for change

Boston members of Dignity/USA Marcia Garber and Marianne Duddy-Burke were interviewed for PRI World in advance of Pope Francis's visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in Sept. 2015.

“I think it would be really helpful for him to come out and talk about the dignity of LGBT people, that we should not face discrimination. If he talked about the need to end criminalization of being gay, or the violence against LGBT people that’s happening in so many places throughout the world, that could have a huge impact globally,” Duddy-Burke says.  

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