Straight Catholics are fighting for gay people to be welcomed into the church.
Ron and Mavis Pirola, a couple who have been married for 57 years, is hoping Pope Francis will agree that loving all members of the family is more important than centuries-old doctrine.
They believe that welcoming gay couples into the church would serve as a ‘model of evangelization’.
‘Friends of ours were planning their Christmas family gathering when their gay son said he wanted to bring his partner home too,’ the Pirolas during a statement inside Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.
‘They fully believed in the Church’s teachings and they knew their grandchildren would see them welcome the son and his partner into the family. Their response could be summed up in three words, “He’s our son”.’
The couple continued: ‘What a model of evangelization for parishes as they respond to similar situations in their neighborhood!
‘It is a practical example of what the Instrumentum Laboris [the Synod’s working document] says concerning the Church’s teaching role and its main mission to let the world know of God’s love.’
The pope is currently holding a Synod, discussing whether the church should ‘evolve’ on family issues such as divorce. While there is little indication the Vatican will change its views on the ‘sin’ of homosexuality, there is possibility for change.