Fortunate Families: Catholic Families with Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons

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Trafford Publishing, 2003 - 163 pagine

Fortunate Families addresses the experience of Catholic parents who love their gay sons and lesbian daughters. The book had its genesis in a descriptive survey of over 200 such parents. It integrates results from the survey, church documents and stories so readers can access what they need most. Some readers will search for accurate information about Catholic teaching, others may connect with the lived experience of other Catholic parents. Still others will find examples of ministerial advocacy and support within the Catholic Church. Fortunate Families has all this and more.

Conventional wisdom emphasizes the stories of parents who react to the news that their child is gay in verbally or physically abusive ways. These stories are told so often they take on an aura of normalcy. But there are other stories - of parents who struggle against the pressures of society and church to find and believe in the goodness of their gay child.

It is critically important for parents to hear the stories of others who walked the same road before them-who have come through the experience closer to their gay or lesbian child, and who are willing to work to make the church more welcoming.

Equally important is the opportunity for pastoral ministers to hear the voices of these parents and understand the need for outreach and pastoral care for gay and lesbian Catholics and their families. Fortunate Families will help prepare pastoral ministers help families come out of their isolation, work through their confusion and pain, and celebrate how fortunate they actually are.


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Mary Ellen Lopata and her husband, Casey, have worked in ministry with gay and lesbian Catholics and their families since 1992 - their primary focus being support for parents and education of the whole faith community. They are co-directors of Catholic Gay & Lesbian Family Ministry in Rochester, NY. They are also charter members of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries, (Ms. Lopata served on the Board of directors for eight years and as President) and of the Catholic Parents Network, an association of Catholic parents with gay and lesbian children, which offers support and resources. Ms. Lopata has a master's degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on homosexuality and the family, Mr. Lopata earned his Master of Divinity in 1995. Together, they facilitate yearly days of reflection for parents with gay/lesbian children, present workshops, and speak at conferences in the U.S. and Canada.

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