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About Francis DeBernardo, Editor
Francis DeBernardo has ministered at New Ways Ministry since 1992, first as a volunteer, and then as a staff member since 1994. He has served as Executive Director since 1996. He has conducted programs on LGBT issues and Catholicism in parishes, dioceses, retreat houses, colleges, and religious communities throughout the United States. He authored Marriage Equality: A Positive Catholic Approach. He is the editor and a contributor to Bondings 2.0, a daily blog of news and opinion covering Catholic LGBT topics. His articles have appeared in The National Catholic Reporter, Commonweal, The Advocate, and The American Catholic. He was the keynote speaker at the conference on religion and LGBT issues at the first World Pride event in Rome, Italy, in 2000, and a featured speaker at the interfaith conference at World Pride in London, England in 2012.
Entries by Francis DeBernardo, Editor
Palm Sunday has always been a strange memorial for me.
“Jesus rode into Jerusalem with fanfare! People laid down their cloaks for him to ride over and waved branches as he passed, singing ‘Hosanna in the highest!’ But honestly, with the chaos of COVID-19 I don’t need any more fanfare right now.”
“The tomb I built around me kept me in safety, but I was dying from fear, shame, and loneliness.”
Bondings 2.0 offers its readers suggestions for what to do to advance LGBTQ equality in the Catholic Church while staying home because of COVID-19
Are we willing to call out to Jesus to cure us of our varied kinds of blindness?
Is there anything that LGBTQ Catholics and allies lose because of the closing of churches and religious programs?
If only the Samaritan woman were like all the other women in the town… if she had had a reputable past… if she subscribed to the social and moral mores of Samaria, and held her tongue, especially in the company of men, she would not have encountered Jesus.
“When I think about the transfiguration I see Jesus on that mountain revealing a very secret, special, and essential part of himself his disciples.”
Times of testing often come with the shame that always brings along a kind of self-hatred.
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