Soulforce Statement Regarding the Selection of Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI

For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Montgomery Rutt

(Lynchburg, VA) In 2001, Soulforce tried to meet with Ratzinger while we were in Rome. He not only refused to meet with us, but his administrators threatened to call the Swiss police. His refusal to meet with us indicates his unwillingness to even acknowledge the Spirit evident in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the office from which he was promoted, was the old office of the inquisition. Now he brings the inquisition to his appointment as Pope.

It is time for Catholics of good will to take a stand for justice and equality within the church and society.

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