"San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath told practicing homosexuals that they will not be refused Holy Communion or a Christian burial in his diocese, as long as they request them in 'good faith.'...
'Recent news reports of policies and practices related to members of the LGBT community in other dioceses can be confusing,' he wrote in his June 29th directive.
'I take this opportunity to assure you that the pastoral response in the Diocese of San Jose remains just that: compassionate and pastoral. We will not refuse sacraments or Christian Burial to anyone who requests them in good faith,' he added.
McGrath justified admitting 'anyone' to Holy Communion by quoting Pope Francis.
'Finally, let us remember and be guided by the words of Pope Francis... The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.’ he said.
A parish in the San Jose diocese posted the directives to Instagram and called Bishop McGrath 'the best' for 'providing these services to ALL people, regardless of their sexual orientation.'
Bishop McGrath LGBTQ guidelines.
'Our bishop is the best. Some Catholic churches in our country have been denying funeral services or communion to members of the LGBT community. However, our bishop just put out a letter saying that our diocese (a collection of 52 churches in Santa Clara County) will continue providing these services to ALL people, regardless of their sexual orientation. Go, Bishop McGrath!!' the post stated.
McGrath has championed Pope Francis’ vision for an ‘inclusive’ and ‘diverse’ Church where a new understanding of 'mercy' has been used to encourage pastoral practices that are sometimes at odds with clear Catholic doctrine.
The diocese's website boasts a 'Catholic LGBT Ministry' that offers a monthly 'All Are Welcome' Mass for LGBT Catholics, their families, friends, and all our brothers and sisters in Christ." Earlier this year the diocese’s Catholic paper ran a piece claiming Jesus would have marched in the pro-abortion Women’s March because the 'values of the March aligned particularly well with Catholic Social Teaching.' Last year McGrath released a statement on voting in the U.S. federal election that equated the moral weight of abortion, environmentalism, and immigration."
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