As the Masterpiece Cakeshop’s legal saga continues to unfold, LGBTQ people of faith are again caught between two legal aims: LGBTQ equality and religious freedom. How can we use the law to curtail unjust religious discrimination against LGBTQ folk without inadvertently setting precedents that limit religious liberty?
About Cristina Traina
Cristina L.H. Traina is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she teaches Christian theology and ethics. A PhD graduate of at the University of Chicago Divinity School, she writes and speaks on many topics in ethics, including sexuality, immigration, child work, and abortion. She is a long-time member of the St. Nicholas Gay and Lesbian Family and Friends ministry in Evanston.
Entries by Cristina Traina
The turn of a new year does not seem to have stilled the search for scapegoats in the sex abuse crisis.
Here is the church, here is the steeple. . . . .Some lessons learned and insights gained at a conference about lesbian nuns.
Pope Francis’s theology of sex and gender complementarity has hardened into an ideology that uses a single strand strand of reflection about God to powerfully determine Catholic sacrament, canon law, and ethics.
How welcoming are welcoming parishes really?
In a summer when uncivil behavior seems to accost us from all sides, 24-year-old Mia…
Responses to the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop decision are generating a library’s worth of commentary,…
A new report from the Public Religion Research Institute weighs religious support for LGBT issues. The reality of U.S. Catholic support for LGBT equality may surprise you.
Close on the heels of the 2014 Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College cases, the Supreme Court’s recent Masterpiece Cakeshop decision is only the most recent ruling to leave the politics of sexuality and religious freedom in an uncomfortable place.
Pope Francis’s declarations on LGBTQ issues have been producing spiritual whiplash. On one hand we have “Who am I to judge?” and “God made you like this. God loves you like this.” On the other, we have a reaffirmation that seminaries should not admit gay men, and no indication that Francis plans to alter basic church teaching on sexuality. How should we understand this complex–or contradictory?–figure?
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