Synod to discuss pastoral care of gay people

Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick has said the synod in his diocese next year could be an opportunity to hear from gay people about the Church’s pastoral care for them.

Noting that he would “take his lead from the consultation process” which is currently underway in the diocese, Bishop Leahy told The Irish Catholic the synod “is about dialoguing with everybody, hearing everyone’s concerns and that, of course, includes gay people”.

The synod – the first in Ireland in 50 years and first in the diocese in 70 years – will take place over three days and will bring together 400 delegates.