(NCR Online) About 80 LGBT Catholics and their supporters marched near Central Park and listened to speeches at Columbus Circle advocating greater acceptance in the church Oct. 2. The event concluded with participants attending Mass at St. Paul the Apostle Church, a Paulist parish on Manhattan’s West Side.
Speakers included Michael DeLeon and Greg Bourke, a Louisville, Ky., same-sex couple whose marriage equality case was won at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.
“God does not care who we love, Jesus simply commanded us to love one another, to love our neighbors. There was no specific instruction about the gender, gender identity, gender expression or the sexual orientation of those we were instructed to love,” said Bourke at the rally. The couple were named “Catholics of the Year” by NCR.
The theme for the walk was Pilgrimage of Mercy, echoing Pope Francis. “We are both seeking mercy from our church, and in return we offer mercy and forgiveness to all those in our Church who have not been so gracious to us in the past,” said Bourke. [More]