The Vatican’s point man on family issues and a U.S. Cardinal are supporting a new book by a Jesuit priest that urges the Catholic Church to be more compassionate and respectful to the LGBTQ community. They are call it a “much needed” book that’s “brave, prophetic, and inspiring.” “Building Bridges: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivit,” is written by the Rev. James Martin of America magazine.

Reports say it neither supports any changes in doctrine nor touches on the topic of same-sex marriage. Cardinal Kevin Ferrell was recently chosen by Pope Francis to head up the Vatican Office on laity, family and life issues. He sees Martin’s writing as “A welcome and much-needed book that will help bishops, priests, pastoral associates, and all church leaders more compassionately minister to the LGBT community.” MORE