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National Catholic Reporter account of Chicago Conference

Reform groups call on Catholic church ‘to stand against violence’ toward LGBT people

In a statement regarding LGBT rights in the Catholic church, a group of international Catholic reform groups called for the church “to stand against violence in all its forms — physical, emotional, spiritual and temporal — toward LGBT people.”
The statement came from the Network of Reform Movements, a group of international Catholic reform groups that gathered Oct.

Press Statement from International Reform meeting in Chicago

International Catholic Priest Movements and Reform Groups Urge Church Progress on Key Issues during October meeting

From October 17 – 20, 2016, forty priests and lay persons from ten countries gathered in Chicago to develop strategies supporting reform in the Catholic Church. The group called for progress on: full equality for women in the Church; rights for LGBT Catholics; fundamental rights for all Catholics; and developing emerging models of parish ministry such as the Bishop Fritz Lobinger model.

International Church Reform Conference

3rd International Conference of Church Reform Network; Chicago, October 2016

Forty two people gathered in Chicago for four days last week to take part in this conference. They came from eleven different countries in four continents. Most of the participants were representing a Church reform movement. They was a mixture of lay, clergy, women and men. All the main priests associations were represented, from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia, Australia, the U.S.

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