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The Saga of Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill Is Not a Scandal. It’s a Tragedy.

July 28, 2021

Rather than a scandal, this saga involving Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill is a tragedy. And the tragic element of it is not being addressed.

“Hands-Off” Judicial Approach on LGBTQ Discrimination Offers Catholic Inflection Point

July 27, 2021

The U.S. judicial system’s recent hands-off approach towards religious liberty could be an opportunity for churches to discern matters of inclusion and justice within their own communities, writes Patrick Hornbeck.

Court Rules Against Fired Gay Church Musician’s Hostile Workplace Discrimination Suit

July 26, 2021

A federal appeals court sided 7-3 with the Archdiocese of Chicago and St. Andrew’s Parish, arguing that former music director Sandor Demkovich’s hostile work environment lawsuit fell under the ministerial exception.

Journeys: A Scriptural Reflection Series for LGBTQ People and Allies

JOURNEYS is an invitation to walk with our ancestors, discover the great source of love, and celebrate our identities as children of God and LGBT persons and allies of faith. Each prayer guide in the series contains a section of Scripture, followed by questions for reflection. These questions can be used for personal meditation, journaling, or group conversations.

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Love Casts Out Fear: Finding Courage to Speak Our Truth

A Retreat for Gay Priests, Brothers, and Deacons

Why am I afraid to tell you who I am? Gay men are disproportionately present in the Catholic clergy. The overwhelming majority serve the Church with care and compassion. However, some Catholics blame the sexual abuse of minors on the presence of gay men in ministry. In this atmosphere of blame and shame, gay priests are afraid to speak the truth of who they are. They are afraid of rejection and retaliation. But if the Church is really faithful to Christ, we would be a community of love, not fear.

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Next Steps: Developing Catholic LGBTQ Ministry

A Multi-Part Online Series (now underway)

This series is designed to help parishioners, pastoral leaders, and church staff members figure out what form LGBTQ ministry should take in their community. The material will help parish community and staff members discern individually and together what the next steps should be to create a more welcoming pastoral environment for LGBTQ people—even if the next steps are your first steps.

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Trans-forming Love

A program of education, dialogue, and prayer about welcoming transgender people.

The goal of this program is to reflect on how we as Catholics can respond pastorally to transgender people. The program includes information on gender identity and development, pastoral outreach, and spiritual dimensions. No prior knowledge is needed. There will be Q&A sessions, small group discussions, and informational handouts.

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