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“We proclaim this period between pontificates as a time to imagine a new … Catholicism with a symbol of unity and not an ultimate authority as its center. Just as the pope urged freedom on the people of Cuba, so, too, must Catholic women be free to be full decision-making members of their own church and of their own lives, especially in the areas of sexuality and reproduction. Just as the Pope called for justice and liberation in Communist countries, so, too, must all Catholics, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics, be able to express their love and create their families as they see fit.”
– Mary E. Hunt, PhD. Co-director, WATER Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual in an April 4 statement.
“For those of us who happen to be progressive … it was easy to get caught up in indignation over [Pope John Paul II’s] medieval ideas about women, birth control, abortion and other social issues. Yet he was perfectly sincere about all of that, not a crass hypocrite like Tom DeLay, and that’s where I don’t think we can really criticize him. … I didn’t share his faith, or most of his views on sex and society, and would have fought tooth and nail against any attempts to have his religious dogmas turned into secular law. Yet … what he did do dwarfs all the nonsense. He was the biggest single player in the fall of communism, and it was a role he played with more consummate skill than anyone on the world stage in history.”
– Columnist Jack Lessenberry in his April 6, 2005 Politics and Prejudices column in the Metro Times.
“We are saddened that John Paul II has left this life without having used his personal faith, intellect and authority to learn how God is speaking through GLBT people to spread the Gospel. We believe GLBT people have much to offer our Church in terms of our spirituality and our lived experiences and we will continue to offer those gifts as John Paul II offered his gifts to the Church and humanity.”
– Sam Sinnett, president of Dignity USA, in an April 4 statement.
“For many gay and lesbian Catholics we believe this moment in history is a bittersweet moment. We mourn a lost opportunity of pastoral outreach from John Paul II, we also mourn his death. Going forward we look in hope to a new pope who may be willing to make a pastoral journey to gay/lesbian community that Pope John Paul II was unable to make.”
– From an April 2 statement issued by the Rainbow Sash Movement.

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