Sexuelle Vielfalt und die katholische Kirche - Verfolgung und Stigmatisierung beenden, Dialog fördern
The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (art. 2 (2)) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (art. 2 (1)) identify the following non-exhaustive grounds of discrimination: race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status. According to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, “other status” may include health status (e.g., HIV/AIDS) or sexual orientation.
In many countries, LGBTIQ* are exposed to arbitrary harassment by the police, to brutal humiliation by violent mobs, to unfounded dismissal by their employers, and to exclusion from school by their head teachers. Criminalisation deprives LGBTIQ*s of the protection of their fundamental human rights. The Catholic church plays a crucial role in the criminalisation of LGBTIQ*. Over the decades, new questions have been raised: In a globalised world, where does injustice block access to salvation and cure? Where does the church participate in cementing unjust structures instead of overcoming them? How can faith help to create justice? The Catholic church has to overcome homophobia and speak out against oppressing minorities.
Objective: To use the huge potential of the church to advance gender justice and oppose misanthropic resentments, and to reject the exploitation of religious motives for discriminating against LGBTIQ*.
Result 1: Reflection by the Austrian church on how best to act as a credible advocate for the rights of all people, especially of discriminated minorities, including LGBTIQ*.
Result 2: Increase in awareness among observant Austrian Catholics of the need to change Canon Law CCC no. 2354.
Result 3: Presentation of the “Grant me Justice – Criminalization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People and the Catholic Church” exhibition in up 20 Austrian parishes.
Result 4: Increase in awareness for the discrimination of LGBTIQ* through information campaigns such as panel discussions, leaflets, postcards, etc.
4 / 2019
12 / 2022
3. Anwaltschaft & Advocacy
Strategy 2018-2021: 3.3 – Programme Innovations incl. Research and Advocacy