Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, said the Church needs God to help it build bridges, to communicate and to help it understand that “we need to speak to each other and accept each other as children of God.”
Speaking to media on 22nd August, the first full day of the World Meeting of Families, the US cardinal said that was the message international gathering was hoping to achieve.
In a wide-ranging news conference that touched on clerical sex abuse, the role of women in the Church and LGBT issues, the cardinal said the fundamental message of the Gospel was the same for all of God’s creation.
“It is extremely important that all Catholics understand that we are all created in the likeness and image of God,” he said.
The Dublin-born prelate was asked about building bridges with Catholic women like Mary McAleese, former president of Ireland, who has said she will stay away from the pastoral congress at the Royal Dublin Society because of its failure to be more inclusive of LGBT families and because of the Church’s treatment of women.
The cardinal said he was “always open to respectful dialogue with everybody.”
Picture: Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, chats with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin during the opening ceremony of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin on 21st August. Pope Francis will visit Dublin and Knock from 25th to 26th August, mainly for the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/courtesy John McElroy, World Meeting of Families).