The Catholic Catechism states that “homosexual acts are disordered, and under no circumstances can they be approved.” Saint Matthew Catholic Church, located in Baltimore, Maryland, has begun a ministry designed to affirm the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) members of its parish family and the broader community. This ministry, known as LEAD (LGBT Educating and Affirming Diversity), strives to offer a sense of home and familiarity to LGBT individuals. Under the direction of Fr. Joseph Muth Jr., LEAD includes about 50 individuals – some of whom fall under the LGBT label, as well as general supporters of the mission. LEAD offers a safe place for the diverse LGBT community to congregate, share, and to find comfort amidst a larger church environment that does not fully accept them.
The overall story of LEAD at Saint Matthew Catholic Church
Fr. Joe: progressive priest leading the charge
Rachel and Vania: married couple leaving the church
Henry: Kenyan man who changed perceptions
John and Michael: married couple baptizing their child
Gigi: lesbian from Cameroon seeking family
Carolyn: mother of gay and straight children