Open Letter to the Papal Legat

Joe Murray
1340 N. Dearborn
Suite 16 B/C
Chicago, Il 60610

June 16, 2016

Most Rev. Carlo Maria Vigano
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W
Washington, DC 20017


Your Excellency:

I hope this open letter finds you in good health.

Pope Francis and many faithful will be coming from September 22 to 27, 2015, to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The Rainbow Sash Movement (LGBT Roman Catholics) looks forward to this joyous event even though you have chosen exclusion over inclusion when it came to LGBT families and their children.

We recognize that there has been tension between the Holy See, and the international LGBT community. Your refusal to invite LGBT Catholic families to this gathering deeply saddens us, and calls us to respond to this exclusion. I think this speaks to the true nature of your pastoral concern which is pandering to the evil of homophobia, and not a sincere proclaiming of the Gospel.

Your inability to enter into a dialogue with Catholic LGBT groups comes across as unreasonable. Therefore, we have put out a call for demonstrations to take place during the Papal Visit.

It is our intention to show our presence to the Holy Father in way that is both respectful of his Petrine Office while at the same time calling for justice for LGBT Families and those who live and die with HIV/AIDS.

We will wear Rainbow Sashes in the reception of the Holy Eucharist to self-identify ourselves as LGBT Roman Catholics. Others will choose other options to show their opposition to Church based bigotry and hypocrisy.

I would remind you that his holiness has yet to address the many faces of AIDS within the Church, among the poor of this world, and families. Your silence of those living with HIV/AIDS only compounds the intolerance of this event.

We are calling on other LGBT organizations and our allies to show their opposition to such pious intolerance, by joining us in this call to action at this event.



Joe Murray
Executive Director
US Rainbow Sash Movement

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