America Magazine recently featured pieces on Communion denial from Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver and Fr. Louis Cameli. Today, theologian Cristina Traina writes about what both clerics got wrong.
About Cristina Traina
Cristina L.H. Traina is Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Chair of Catholic Theology at Fordham University in Bronx, New York, where she teaches Christian theology and ethics. A PhD graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, she writes and speaks on many topics in ethics, including sexuality, immigration, child work, and abortion.
Entries by Cristina Traina
The community of faith in the Holy Spirit, is on its way to endorsing acceptance, love, and blessing not just for same-sex couples but for all LGBTQ+ persons.
Until the Church recognizes justice-seeking, loving, generous couples of all kinds with the sacrament that acknowledges the grace they manifest, the Church will be preaching a hospitality that it does not practice.
What springs to mind when you hear the word “family”? If it’s vulnerability, humility, fidelity, unconditional love, selflessness, mutual support and respect, teaming up with others to support the community, and a welcome to children (in particular those with special needs) and LGBTQ members—and if it comes in many shapes and sizes, including same-sex couples—you have a highly placed ally in the Roman Catholic Church: Pope Francis.
As LGBTQ Catholics, we recognize that none of us is free from discrimination unless all of us are. What are our next moves?
The only person I’ve ever seen wearing a wooden shoulder yoke was an actor at an historical park like Colonial Williamsburg, King’s Landing, or Old Sturbridge Village. They look crude and cruel to us.
The space between Ascension abandonment and Pentecost confidence is uncomfortable.
Catholic same-sex partners might be the ideal leaders of the US Catholic Church’s Pre-Cana programs for straight engaged couples. Why so?
Where is Christ in this Andy Warhol print? He’s hard to see under the military camouflage. That’s what Cardinal Blase Cupich thought, too, when he saw the print at a recent Chicago exhibit of Warhol’s works.
“As LGBTQ people and as Catholics, we need to reject the misleading opposition of religious freedom and civil rights, reclaiming religious freedom on both Catholic and constitutional terms.”
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