Jes Stevens is a Loretto Volunteer who lives and works in Washington, D.C. Jes graduated from Fontbonne University in 2014 with a degree in sociology.

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The church must lead the fight against violence facing the gay community

This month's Synod of Bishops of the family gained unprecedented world media attention, particularly after a midterm report from Rome suggested that the bishops were considering a significant pastoral shift in outreach toward the LGBT community. While the discussion and, at times, infighting among the bishops have made it unclear what direction and how significant this pastoral shift will actually be, we do know that the process has begun.