March 17, 2021
All Human Beings Are Utterly Cherished as Children of God
Washington, D.C. – The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) recognizes that all LGBTQ people are children of God, possessed of infinite dignity, and are fully and completely loved by our Creator. In the spirit of St. Francis, we are called to open our hearts to cherish every person, particularly those marginalized, oppressed, or otherwise thrown away by those claiming power and authority – by those who presume to judge the worthiness of others.
We understand the pain, grief, and confusion sown among the world’s LGBTQ community by this week’s pronouncement by the Roman Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that same-sex unions cannot be blessed by the church. We stand with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters in friendship and support. We welcome you as we strive to find ways to walk with you in our faith and in our commitment to social justice.
With Christians everywhere, as we sojourn through Lent to Easter, know that we are one with you in the spirit, looking with hope for the joy we will together share in Christ’s Resurrection.