A conference on Catholic LGBTQ issues originally slated for last summer has been rescheduled for this June as a webinar, announced Jesuit Fr. James Martin on his Facebook page. Relatedly, a new documentary premiering this month features the priest’s LGBTQ ministry.
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
In the weeks following the Vatican’s’s declaration that priests cannot bless same-gender couples, there are reports (like this one) that people are leaving the church because of this decision. And while some people may be finally throwing in the towel and leaving the church, for others, their Catholicism runs deeper than the institution in Rome.
Resurrection, it turns out, is messy business.
Leaders of The Catholic University of America’s student government approved yet another resolution in favor of the school recognizing a still-unofficial LGBTQ student group.
Three Polish activists who reimagined and distributed a Marian icon with pro-LGBTQ symbols have been acquitted by a district court in Plock, Poland.
The Diocese of Lansing’s new policy on gender identity continues to generate strong opposition from community members, as well as national faith-based organizations.
The Archbishop of Sydney has criticized the city council’s sponsorship and advertising of a recent “Heaps Gay Live & Queer” concert held outside the city’s cathedral. LGBTQ advocates have objected to the archbishop’s comments, while some anti-equality protestors tried to disrupt the concert.
As a Sister of Mercy, Janet Rozzano has spent a lifetime focused on compassion and love towards the marginalized. Yet it was not until she was in her 40s and had been a sister for over 25 years that she also began to offer that same acceptance to herself as she explored her sexual identity as a lesbian.
More than 600 members of the Georgetown University community, including over 30 student organizations, signed a petition asking the University to take action regarding its annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, in part because of the event namesake’s anti-LGBTQ record.
The Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, has released a new policy on gender identity that requires all of its agencies to acknowledge only a person’s assigned sex at birth.
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