world meeting of families
Still, some feel that the World Meeting of Families gesture was ultimately hollow.
I write with deep respect. I write because I have seen the terror of an abusive marriage and the angst of Catholic couples who long for respect and acceptance from their Church; and I have seen the suffering.
Last week, one of my dear brothers was blessed to be seated at the Papal Mass in Philadelphia, and also present at the Pope's address to Congress in Washington. He was one who drank from the Pope's water glass, too. I pray that Pope Francis understands my brother's love for him.
Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass before a crowd of almost one million on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday. The
Francis went off-script to laud the power of love within families and couples.
The room was changed last minute from one that could hold 10,000 to another that seated just 1,000.
Pope Francis and Donald Trump are savvy politicians, whose contrasting styles of rhetoric and tone have made them two of the best showmen/salesmen of the 21st Century.
What the Catholic Church has in store for LGBT Catholics and their supporters during the World Meeting of Families feels less like love and more like a chill wind.
It will be a star-studded Festival of Families.