NEWS NOTES: July 18, 2013

News NotesHere are some items you might find of interest:

1) Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the retired Vicar General of the Rome diocese, responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on marriage equality by calling same-sex marriage an “illusion,”  reports On Top magazine. 

2) New Ways Ministry Executive Director Francis DeBernardo published an op-ed on explaining that while Catholic bishops may decry the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions, Catholic lay people are rejoicing at the news.

3) The mother of a gay son reflects on her participation in the “Dirty Hands” demonstration at New York’s St. Patrick Cathedral.  Her thoughts can be read in a Fortunate Families blog post.

4) St. Louis, Missouri’s Catholic Action Network for Social Justice participated in their city’s Pride Festival, spreading a message of  Catholic inclusion and welcome, reports

5) Alaskan U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Catholic and a Republican, has announced her support for marriage equality, according to an op-ed published on her website.  Relevant excerpts can be found in a news story on

–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry

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