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.
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
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.”
If some bishops get their way to be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents, it would erode the firewall intended to prevent religious institutions from controlling government, and vice versa.
Imagine that you were able to meet with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops…
Isn’t public opinion on LGBTQ people improving? The complicated answer holds some surprising lessons for…
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