NEWS NOTES: Irish Prime Minister Predicts Marriage Equality in the North; Other Updates

Here are some items about Catholic LGBT news that may interest you:

News Notes

1. Leo Varadkar, the Republic of Ireland’s first gay prime minister, told attendees at Belfast’s Pride celebrations that it was “only a matter of time” before marriage equality became legal in Northern Ireland. Both traditionally Catholic parties in the North support marriage equality, while it is Protestant-backed political groups leading the opposition.

2. A hate crime complaint filed against Archbishop Francisco Javier Martínez of Granada has been dismissed. An LGBT group filed the complaint earlier this year based on the archbishop’s criticism of gender ideology in a homily, but his remarks fell under free speech protections according to a Spanish court official. This complaint is the second attempted hate crime charge against a Spanish bishop.

3. San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has appointed Maggie Gallagher to an archdiocesan post dealing with worship and liturgy. Gallagher is the founder of the National Organization for Marriage.  Both the archbishop and Gallagher were leading Catholic opponents of marriage equality in the U.S.

4. The Catholic Women’s League of Canada criticized the nation’s new Bill C-16 law which adds gender identity and expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. Margaret Ann Jacobs, the League’s president, said the group was concerned that Catholics would not be able “to live out their faith and peaceably disagree with the current gender theory without fear of reprisal.”

Robert Shine, New Ways Ministry, August 29, 2017

2 replies
  1. Don Siegal
    Don Siegal says:

    Maggie Gallagher Appointed to Archdiocesan Post

    Regardless of our personal thoughts about Archbishop Cordileone and Maggie Gallagher, the archbishop has every right to appoint her to any position that he believes she is qualified to perform.

    That being said, it does not mean that his choices are the best for the People of God living in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. In other words, the principal—the archbishop knows best—does not apply here.

  2. Ned Flaherty
    Ned Flaherty says:

    Two corrections: The author writes, “Both Archbishop Cordileone and Maggie Gallagher were leading Catholic opponents of marriage equality in the U.S.

    That is inaccurate, on 2 counts.

    Firstly, both Cordileone and Gallagher STILL ARE leading opponents of same-gender civil marriage, across all of society. Neither of them has ever retreated one millimeter in their abject opposition to equality.

    Secondly, Cordileone and Gallagher oppose same-gender civil marriage not just in the U.S., but also worldwide, as evidenced by their participation in the Vatican’s anti-LGBT convention called “Humanum,” held in Rome, in the Synod Hall, in November 2014.


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