Rainbow Catholics gather in Rome before Synod

Rainbow Catholics gatheringBenjamin Oh works as an organizer and educator in the area of human rights, conflict resolution, sexual orientation & gender identity, as well as cross-cultural communications, aid and development. He is on the advisory board of Australian Catholics for Equality. These are extracts from his reflections on the inaugural assembly of Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) 1-4 October 2015 in Rome. Ben is also a co-convenor for Rainbow Catholics Interagency which aims to bring together those in ministry to LGBTI Catholics in Australia.

I know the kingdom of God is breaking open as we speak, because I have seen, heard and felt what it is like to be in its presence, it is intense and peaceful all at the same time.

Some have given everything they have, some have risked everything, some have lost the things dearest to them in order to live authentically beyond the homophobic lies that continue to malign and murder. Some have given their entire lives to be in ministry with the biblical ‘lepers’ of our times to do work that liberates others whilst they themselves faced the same unjust consequences those they seek to minister to have to face. These are the sisters and brothers of mine who gathered in Rome for the inaugural assembly of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) in the lead up to the 2015 Synod.

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