Pope Francis has been more progressive on LGBT than any other pope so far–but if he wanted to really be inclusive, he could take some lessons from a Catholic church in Baltimore.
The church in question is St. Matthew, which developed a LGBT ministry a few years ago. This week, Newsweek profiles the LEAD ministry, which aims to provide a spiritual home for LGBT Catholics and their allies. Baltimore/DC photographer Eric Kruszewski, who has been documenting the ministry in recent years, says that the LEAD ministry “offers a safe place for LGBT folks to gather, share stories, feel welcome, have a family, be able to be themselves [and] not be judged for who they are in the light of the official teachings of the Catholic Church. This is something a lot of them feel that they need. They don’t feel like they’re completely accepted. So what LEAD does is just offer this place of welcome.”
Watch Kruszewski’s video about St. Matthew and the LEAD ministry here:
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