Local priest forms all-inclusive Roman Catholic Church in San Diego

by MARIA ARCEGA-DUNN  |  published on February 23, 2015

A local Roman Catholic bishop is using Pope Francis as an example and creating an all-inclusive Catholic parish that will serve everyone, including divorced people and the LGBTQ community.
San Diego Bishop Dermot Rodgers lives by the saying, “Judge none, love all.”

He said it’s necessary to create a Catholic parish to serve all Catholics from all walks of life, including divorcees, remarried people, the LGBTQ community and female ordained priests.

Rodgers is challenging the Roman Catholic Church to become more inclusive.

“As far as I know from the scriptures, there has been no occasion where Jesus turned anyone away under any circumstances,” he said.

Like Pope Francis, Bishop Rodgers said we are all the children of God.

“One of the earliest statements the Holy Father made about equality and about gays and lesbians in the world is, ‘Who am I to judge?’” Rodgers said. “And a whole theology is being formed from that very statement, so not only to affect the LGBTQ community, but also divorced and remarried people and other people who feel excluded from the traditional Catholic Church.“

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