Here are some items you might find of interest:
1. Theologian Jason Steidl wrote in the National Catholic Reporter that “the relationship between LGBTQ Catholics and their church is a Katy Perry song” given the “topsy-turvy headlines from the last few weeks.” Steidl reviews the many news items, concluding:
“The news cycle may come and go, bringing us good reports and bad, but the human beings behind that news remain. LGBTQ Catholics are in desperate need of God’s love expressed through the church. I have seen the Spirit blowing in likely and unlikely ways to move the people of God toward affirmation, not condemnation.”
2. In related news, author Richard Rodriguez shared with attendees at Loyola University’s Catholic Imagination Conference last month about being a gay Catholic in this moment of change in the church. The National Catholic Reporter shared that Rodriguez said he is “in love with a church that tells me I don’t know what love is.”
3. The Virginia Catholic Conference has voiced its opposition to a proposed state ban on conversion therapy for youth. The Conference’s executive director, Jeff Caruso, said minors and their families “should be free to seek counseling towards the resolutions they desire” when it comes to “unwanted same-sex or mixed-sex attractions.”
4. Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Public Affairs Committee for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, criticized the SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression) bill presently being debated in that nation. Secillano said that while the bill “appears to be a noble form of legislation” targeting discrimination, “its contents say otherwise” because it prioritizes the rights of LGBTQ people, who, according to the priest, are seeking “a special privilege.” The priest’s position on the SOGIE bill is at odds with many church leaders in the Philippines who have spoken positively about it. For more information, click here.
—Robert Shine, New Ways Ministry, October 27, 2019