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Bishops should support female priests, same-sex marriage

Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. (CBS Miami)

I am grateful that The Baltimore Sun has been giving coverage to the Catholic bishops' annual fall assembly as this is an important gathering. It was reported, "The bishops have made it clear they view refugees and immigrants from a pastoral, not a political, perspective, welcoming them as a matter of religious duty," ("Catholic bishops, in Baltimore, elect advocates for immigrants to top jobs," Nov. 16). I have recently returned from the border to support the people fleeing violence in Latin America. I am heartened that the bishops are recognizing their suffering and will act to alleviate it.

However, there are two other serious issues they also need to be discussing from a pastoral perspective: First, why are 50 percent of Catholics banned from being ordained based on their gender? Second, there is the bishops' refusal to speak out and support the LGBT community. It is time for the bishops to address gender injustice in the church and welcome women priests and marriage equality.

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Janice Sevre-Duszynska, Lexington, Ky.

The writer is a member of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.

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