An international family rally the Catholic Church is scheduled to host in Ireland is expected to feature workshops on hot-button issues facing Catholic families, including protecting children from clergy sexual abuse, weathering divorce and ministering to lesbian and gay faithful. Pope Francis is scheduled to join the Aug. 21-26 World Meeting of Families for the last two days and preside over the final Mass in Dublin. Organizers on Monday unveiled the pastoral program leading up to Francis’ arrival, and it includes some surprising entries. Perhaps none is more surprising than the inclusion of the Rev. James Martin, an American Jesuit scheduled to deliver a presentation on welcoming LGBT Catholics and their families into parishes.
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