A Couple’s Decision To Leave The Catholic Church
Eric Kruszewski’s documentary “The Lost Flock” delves into the lives and decisions of LGBT Catholics.
Dresses worn by Rachel and Vania on their wedding day.
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Saint Matthew Catholic Church, located in Baltimore, Maryland, has begun a ministry designed to affirm the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) members of its parish family and the broader community. This ministry, known as LEAD (LGBT Educating and Affirming Diversity), strives to offer a sense of home and familiarity to LGBT individuals.
Videographer Eric Kruszewski has released a new documentary chronicling the stories of LEAD members. Kruszewski would like to see these videos accurately capture the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of the LEAD members and LGBT Catholics. He stated “Perhaps the video series becomes a platform for open discussion surrounding LGBT Catholics acceptance, as well as fuel to keep alive their passion for change and desire for full inclusion. After all, before they knew their sexuality, the Saint Matthew LGBT people were baptized Catholic. Why should that change upon discovering themselves?”
Rachel and Vania are considering leaving the church due to the Vatican’s refusal to accept LGBT individuals. Rachel feels that an integral part of being Catholic is caring for the oppressed and believes that it doesn’t make sense in her interpretation that the Church is unwelcoming towards LGBT people.
Watch Rachel’s and Vania’s story below.
Watch the first video in The Lost Flock project.
Watch Gigi Biabo's experience with LEAD
Learn more about LEAD and Saint Matthew Catholic Church here
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