Werkverband van Katholieke Homo-Pastores
De Geloofsdoek door Jan Haen

Working Group of Catholic Gay Pastors in the Netherlands (WKHP)

Sexuality and the Roman Catholic Church are not a marriage made in heaven. On the contrary gay Catholics are often aware of, and even openly confronted with, tension and rejection when they take their sexuality to church (or even to the altar). This also goes for gay pastors.

The Working Group of Catholic Gay Pastors in the Netherlands was founded in 1980 to help its members deal with the tensions and pressures they may experience due to their sexuality and to encourage them to and emancipatory process.

The official line of the Roman Catholic Church reserves the right to a sexual relationship for heterosexual married couples only. Abstinence is the fate of all others and homosexual relationships are automatically considered sinful.

As gay pastors we do not accept the official line that “practicing” homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered” and sinful. As gay Catholics – and many others with us – we not only reject the sin doctrine, we openly oppose this view. For us homosexuality is God’s own invention, it is part of His colourful Creation, God’s gift.

The Working Group currently has eighty members: gay priests, religious people, theologians and others who are involved in pastoral work within the Roman Catholic Church. Until now all members are male, however lesbian colleagues are most welcome to join us. A number of our members belong to the Old-Catholic Church (which has a more lenient attitude towards homosexual relationships).

The aims of the Working Group are among others:

  • to create a free space and a safe haven for its members, where being gay is not an issue;
  • to stimulate the discussion within and outside the Roman Catholic Church about (homo)sexuality and Christian life;
  • to strive for recognition of the full range of (sexual) relationships through which people can be a blessing for each other.

Twice a year we organise a nationwide conference for our members. There are also regional meetings.

Occasionally we publish a brochure. Most well known are “Called to Blessing. A Pastoral Letter on Faith and (Homo)sexuality” (1989) and “Prepared to Give Blessing. A Pastoral Letter on the Celebration of Friendship” (2000).

When there is a need for a different Catholic voice, the Working Group seeks publicity through interviews or press releases.

Nieuws

3 april 2019 Bisschop De Korte op symposium over 'Vrijmoedig spreken over misbruik en homoseksualiteit in de RK Kerk' Lees meer >

21 februari 2019 Frans Bossink in de Volkskrant. 'In een heleboel pastorieën heersen eenzaamheid en verkniptheid' Lees meer >

16 februari 2019 Theo Koster in de NRC. Homoseksualiteit maakte bisschop chantabel Lees meer >

13 februari 2019 Nederlands Dagblad schrijft over brief WKHP aan de paus Lees meer >

13 februari 2019 Brief aan paus Franciscus over homoseksuele priesterkandidaten Lees meer >

13 februari 2019 Lettera a papa Francesco sui candidati omosessuali al sacerdozio Lees meer >

9 October 2018 Letter to Pope Francis about gay priest candidates Lees meer >

21 september 2018 Taboe op homoseksualiteit in de kerk werkt misbruik in de hand Lees meer >

13 oktober 2017 Gezamenlijke verklaring na gesprek tussen bisschop De Korte en WKHP op 11 oktober 2017 Lees meer >

14 september 2017 Recensie 'De veilige kerk' Lees meer >

16 juni 2017 WKHP ervaart terugtrekken van bisschop De Korte als klap in het gezicht van katholieke LHBT'ers Lees meer >

12 december 2016 WKHP protesteert tegen oude afwijzing van homoseksualiteit in nieuw Vaticaans document over priesteropleiding Lees meer >