“A diocesan Catholic youth group recently won an award after participating in a pro-LGBT parade, earning a laudatory article on the German bishops’ website.
The Stuttgart Catholic youth group Katholische junge Gemeinde (KjG – Catholic Young Parish) brought along pro-LGBT signs, quoting Pope Francis’ reported words from May to the abuse victim and homosexual Juan Carlos Cruz: ‘God made you like that and he loves you like that and I do not care. The Pope loves you as you are, you have to be happy with who you are. You should not think about what others think about you.’ Another sign displayed by the youth group stated, ‘Jesus had…two fathers.’
Approximately 70 to 100 members of the KjG participated at the Christopher Street Day Parade in Stuttgart on July 28. The organizers subsequently gave them an award for taking part, citing the youth group’s special contribution to ‘diversity, acceptance, and equality.’
The KjG has 3,000 members and is part of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, which was headed by Cardinal Walter Kasper, a close collaborator of Pope Francis, from 1989 to 1999.
Miriam Lay, a member of the diocesan leadership of the KjG, told the German bishops’ website Katholisch.de, ‘God loves everybody independent of one’s sex or sexual orientation.’
‘Many only know the conservative position of the Church,’ she explained. ‘We wish to change that.’ The Church should show that everybody is invited and that people ‘should not be afraid of an outing,’ she said.”