The Catholic Church is still struggling to talk straight on LGBT+ issues

Slovakia’s Catholics are experiencing the aftershocks of Tepláreň.

Archbishop Ján Orosch, walking in front of Bratislava Archbishop Stanislav Zvolenský. Archbishop Ján Orosch, walking in front of Bratislava Archbishop Stanislav Zvolenský. (Source: TASR)

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The church is experiencing the aftershocks of Tepláreň

The attack on the Tepláreň gay bar in Bratislava that resulted in the murders of Juraj Vankulič and Matej Horváth marked a dark moment, one filled with the horror of witnessing a violent loss of human life and the despair that comes with the realisation that the very foundations that the state is supposed to be built on – freedom, security, democracy – are at stake.

Slovak society has recent experience of turning a moment of despair into a constructive force, when the murders of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová in 2018 led to some degree of political and societal reckoning. Now, given that the victims of this latest attack were LGBT+ people, there are hints that something may be happening in perhaps the country’s most rigid organisation: the Roman Catholic Church.

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