Thank you, Bishop McGrath for invoking Pope Francis’ words: ‘The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.’”
A California bishop has written a letter instructing clergy and religious in the diocese to be compassionate and inclusive when it comes to pastoral care. a direct repudiation of last month’s alienating directives from an Illinois bishop.
Bishop Patrick McGrath
Bishop Patrick McGrath of San Jose sent the letter on June 29, 2017. While it doesn’t specifically mention Springfield, Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s decree that bars people in same-gender marriages from participation in certain forms of pastoral care, sacramental life, and leadership, from the language of the text, it seems this recent development was on McGrath’s mind . According to the blog Proper Nomenclature, McGrath wrote:
“Recent news reports of policies and practices related to members of the LGBT community in other dioceses can be confusing.
“I take this opportunity to assure you that the pastoral response in the Diocese of San Jose remains just that: compassionate and pastoral…
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Great to see a bishop being compassionate and inclusive in these troubling times. We need more church leaders to demonstrate such an attitude and approach especially in their pastoral care.
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