The official Vatican uses the term LGBT for the first time ever


The Catholic institution has previously only referred to LGBT people as “homosexuals” or “persons with homosexual tendencies” in official documents. But now the Catholic officials seem to be closer to understand that firstly homosexuality is not a tendency and secondly, the community is much wider, including not only those people who are attracted to their own sex. National Catholic Reporter has issued a paper coming from Vatican officials with an aim to attract more young people to the Church, including in part LGBT youth, to whom the church wants to get more connected to let them know that they are welcomed and supported. The document was created for the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general in the Vatican’s synod office, said at a press conference that the church is open to all believers and it is never going to close itself when new people want to come there — regardless of sexuality, gender identity, physical ability, race, ethnicity or whatever. “The Synod’s primary aim is to make the whole Church aware of her important and not at all optional task of accompanying every young person, without exclusion, towards the joy of love,” he said.


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