Pope Blesses Gay Catholics In Letter Response To Italian LGBT Group
The impetus behind Pope Francis's recent public comments in favor of LGBT people has possibly come to light. LGBT group Kairos of Florence sent a letter to the Pope in June on behalf of gay Catholics who have been ignored by local bishops for years. They were shocked when they received a response, the first ever from Catholic hierarchy according to Kairos leaders.
The Vatican Secretariat of State replied and, according to Innocenzo Pontillo from Kairos, said Pope Francis ‘really enjoyed that we wrote, calling it an act of “spontaneous confidence” and the way in which we had written’.
Even more significantly, Pontillo reports Pope Francis also gave them ‘his blessing’.
While the exact content of both letters in private and their existence has only just been made public today, it is seen as a major breakthrough.
Italy's La Repubblica, which broke the story today, suspects the letter and desire to open the channels of communication between LGBTs and the Vatican is what lead to Pope Francis's summer of pro-gayish statements.