Bishop Byrne’s LGBTQ+ Outreach Sparks Controversy

A Catholic organization in New England is calling out a local bishop for his public deviation from the Church’s immutable teachings on homosexuality.

On Sunday, the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts issued a statement slamming an op-ed coauthored by Springfield’s Bp. William Byrne and members of Catholics for Inclusion.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette published the piece, titled “A message of welcome to the LGBTQ+ community,” on Dec. 5.

Byrne and the anonymous coauthors discussed their nearly five-year journey of what they characterized as discernment on how to welcome so-called LGBT individuals back to the Catholic Church. They claimed there’s a need for parishes and schools in the area to become “more welcoming” to all people, especially those he termed “LGBTQ faithful.”

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