“Can the Catholic Church ‘Evolve’ on L.G.B.T. Rights?” That’s the intriguing headline on a recent New York Times op-ed, penned by John Gehring, Catholic Program Director of Faith in Public Life.
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
Two Catholic leaders in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago have captured headlines these past few weeks: one for supporting LGBT people and one for denouncing same-gender marriage.
On June 5, 1994, the Feast of Corpus Christi that year, a Canadian coalition of Christian organizations wrote a pastoral letter to Archbishop Aloysius Ambrozic of Toronto requesting that he drop his opposition to the Equality Rights Statute Amendment Act, known as Bill 167, which would have provided same-sex couples in Ontario with the same rights and obligations of heterosexually married couples.
(New Ways Ministry’s response to this news is embedded in this post. To read the…
The Catholic cardinal of Mauritius spoke out against the obstruction of the country’s Pride parade that was supposed to have taken place earlier this month.
Sister Luisa Derouen, OP, has been ministering to transgender men and women since 1999, though she has not always been able to be public about the work she was doing.
The Vatican has reached three new milestones in its evolution toward a greater dialogue with the LGBT community.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in the case of a Marquette University professor who was suspended without pay after a dispute on free speech and same-sex marriage.Professor John McAdams publicly blogged about a controversial dispute between a Marquette student and a teaching assistant regarding a class discussion on same-sex marriage.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is disappointing for two reasons, but reassuring for one. New Ways Ministry responds to the latest religious liberty case.
In these days when we see so many Catholic bishops making “religious liberty” arguments that would promote discrimination against LGBT people, it’s good to look back a few decades when some bishops were speaking out in favor of gay and lesbian civil rights.
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