The letter praised Martin’s work
Martin stated he’d written to the Pope to share that his nephew had chosen “Francis” for his affirmation identify. In a postscript, he reminded Francis of the Outreach LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Webinar, a convention for LGBTQ Catholics and church leaders who oversee LGBTQ ministries.
Francis wrote again to Martin a day later, the priest stated. In his word, he requested Martin to “congratulate [his nephew] on the socks,” a reference to Martin’s nephew’s Pope Francis-themed socks.
“That made me giggle,” the Pope wrote.
He continued: “Concerning your PS, I wish to thanks in your pastoral zeal and your capacity to be near individuals, with the closeness that Jesus had, and which displays the closeness of God. Our Heavenly Father comes shut with love to every one in all his kids, each one. His coronary heart is open to every and everybody. He’s a Father.”
“Desirous about your pastoral work, I see that you’re regularly in search of to mimic this fashion of God,” the Pope wrote in his letter. “You’re a priest for all women and men, simply as God is a father for all women and men.
“I pray so that you can proceed on this approach, being shut, compassionate and with nice tenderness.”
Pope Francis’ blended messages on LGBTQ Catholics
The Vatican didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the Pope’s letter.
Martin says the message exhibits the pope’s take care of LGBTQ Catholics
Martin stated the message the Pope despatched in response to his PS reiterates that “God loves [LGBTQ Catholics] and the Pope cares for them.”
“The church teaches LGBTQ individuals are created by God and beloved by God,” he stated. “That is what I consider, too.”
CNN’s Delia Gallagher contributed to this report.