Gay Catholics organise seminar in Dublin
The GCVI (Gay Catholic Voice Ireland) are organising a seminar for gay Catholics, under the title ‘Who am I to Judge?’. They invite LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) Catholics to the gathering at the Sophia Wisdom Centre in Dubln on 5 April (full details on the events section of this website). Booking is essential: see also their website.
GCVI is a group which has come together to ensure that the voice of LGBT Catholics is heard in the debate on homosexuality both inside and outside the Catholic Church. Our vision is a catholic vision and our model is Jesus Christ who through his life, death and resurrection challenged existing structures of exclusion and prejudice and on the cross became one with the outcasts. In his rising he has returned not in hatred and vengeance against his persecutors but in a spirit of forgiveness, reconciliation and love. And in showing the way he has given a real hope that a community which calls itself Christian has at least the possibility of being truly inclusive and loving. GCVI is committed to being part of such a community in which all members, whatever their sexual orientation, participate fully.
GCVI exists in an atmosphere of continued discrimination against LGBT people and it unequivocally stands in solidarity with all those who are discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation. GCVI believes in the equality of all people in their shared humanity before God. We seek to give voice to the experience of those whose humanity is disrespected or devalued because of sexual orientation.
We are a faith based Catholic group. It is this faith which leads us to look at the truth of our own experience as LGBT brothers and sisters confident in the knowledge that we are created in the image and likeness of God and loved by him. As part of its work GCVI seeks to reach out to those LGBT people in our Church who have been hurt by the often insensitive and uncaring words and actions of fellow Church members. We believe that all people share the same humanity and that LGBT people are worthy of the same love and respect as their heterosexual brothers and sisters.