A new play at the historic Globe Theatre portrays Joan of Arc as nonbinary, bringing a fresh perspective to the story of the 15th-century Catholic saint.
About Angela Howard-McParland
Angie Howard-McParland (she/hers) has worked in various forms of campus and parish ministry for over fifteen years. Currently, she is the Justice Resource Manager for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Previously, she served at La Salle Academy in Providence, RI, the Catholic Community at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design, and at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. In parishes, she has worked as a youth minister, adult education coordinator, social justice minister, and pastoral associate. She is passionate about the intersection of religion and sexuality and feminist and liberationist understandings of Catholicism, earning a B.A. from Centre College in English and Religion and a MDiv. from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She lives in Providence, RI with her three children.
Entries by Angela Howard-McParland
For Australia’s Archbishop Mark Coleridge, the global synodal process centers on one clear challenge: “the question of how the Catholic Church might become a more welcoming and inclusive community without abandoning long-held understandings.” New approaches to LGBTQ+ people can spring from these general ideas.
Reading the gospels and taking Jesus’ words seriously can be a task that disturbs and disquiets us as much as it provides comfort and strength. More often than not, the parables and sermons recorded in Scripture offer surprising and challenging demands for attempting to live a Christian life.
A German teacher-in-training who recently came out as transgender has received permission to continue teaching religious studies.
A priest at the University of Portland has resigned temporarily from his position as a minister in student housing just hours before a scheduled protest calling for his removal due to LGBTQ-negative comments and social media activity.
Students in Ontario are uniting in action to demand and end to LGBTQ discrimination in Catholic schools by releasing a statement calling for structural reforms in their educational institutions.
For transgender Catholics, the church is often a source of both deep pain and profound joy, according to an Associated Press profile of several transgender Catholics in the United States.
Twenty-two years ago, Fr. James Keenan, SJ, received a call from a psychotherapist who worked with transgender clients, some of whom were Catholic and asking to talk with a priest.
The local phase of the Synod on Synodality is well underway in dioceses worldwide, and LGBTQ issues are part of those discussions in many places. One columnist is exhorting church leaders in Asia to take such issues seriously, including the question of same-gender unions.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s recent anti-transgender guidelines are generating criticism within the diocese itself and beyond.
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