Analysis: Will LGBT debate define the youth synod?

Catholic News Agency | 10/23/2018 | Staff
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Vatican City, Oct 23, 2018 / 03:40 pm (CNA).- As the fifteenth ordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops draws to a close in Rome, the proposed text of the final document is expected to emerge presently.

The synod is meant to address the themes of young people, faith, and vocational discernment.

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Throughout the synod, there has also been discussion about whether the final document will include new language for addressing people who experience same-sex attraction, as the synod’s working document, or instrumentum laboris, does.

If “new language” is included in the final document, it is likely to become the focal point of Catholic and secular media attention after the document is released. Regardless of the richness or depth of the synod’s final text, for many the entire meeting may be summarized - or not - in four letters: LGBT.

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A survey of news coverage shows that the question of LGBT language has already come to dominate media attention, and the public musings of many of the participants. And advocacy campaigns to include such language are clearly underway.

A matter of respect?

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The use of the term “LGBT” in the synod’s working document caused a storm this spring. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the synod’s secretary general, initially said that the language was taken from a pre-synodal document created by young people during a preparatory meeting held in Rome March 19-24. The acronym did not, in fact, appear in the pre-synod document.

But while the inclusion of “LGBT” terminology has garnered attention, it has only gained public support from a small minority of synod participants.

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During a press conference last week, Cardinal John Ribat of Papua New Guinea appeared to sum up that support. He said that the Church should speak to young people “in the language they are using.”

Young people want the Church to “call us and...
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