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Cardinal Wilton Gregory (CNS/Justin McLellan)

A United States cardinal has praised a new Vatican document on human dignity as a “welcome summation” of Church teaching, including on issues such as gender theory. Source: Crux.

Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington said the Dignitas Infinita document, published on Monday, does a good job as summarising the Church’s moral and doctrinal teaching, and that when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community, Pope Francis has “made it clear that he has great love and affection and respect for people who have a different sexual orientation”.

For those who say the Pope should approve of all LGBTQ+ behaviour, Cardinal Gregory said. “He can’t if he’s going to be true to the Church’s history and its teaching. He can’t ignore the history of our faith, but he can call us to be respectful of others, but also to invite others to see and to appreciate and to accept the Church’s moral teaching”.

“The most loving parent … listens with the heart of the parent to a child, but it doesn’t believe that the child gets everything they ask for,” he said.

In the interview, Cardinal Gregory also touched on issues of race and the Synod of Bishops on Synodality, set to close this October in Rome.

He also spoke about tensions between the American Church and Rome and about the intersection of faith and politics as the United States prepares for presidential elections later this year.


DC cardinal says LGBTQ Catholics are welcome, but Church has its rules (By Elise Ann Allen, Crux)