News reports have been spreading across the globe because a Chilean clerical sex abuse survivor has reported that in his private conversation with the pope, Francis strongly affirmed the man’s gay sexual orientation.
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
A variety of short news items on topics of Catholic LGBTQ interest. Click the links to learn more.
The principal of a Philadelphia-area Catholic school has resigned after a protest by students who were upset at the administrator’s decision to eject invited speaker Margie Winters from the campus. Winters made news a few years ago when she was fired from another Catholic school because of her marriage to a woman.
In a speech at the National Federation of Priests’ Councils annual meeting, Atlanta’s Archbishop Wilton Gregory spoke out against racism, sexism, and sexual orientation discrimination, urging priests in attendance to work to eradicate these injustices.
Over the past week, the state legislatures in both Kansas and Oklahoma passed bills that will give faith-based adoption agencies the right to refuse to place children with lesbian and gay couples.
About 80 percent of Filipinos are Roman Catholic, and the church’s teachings often dominate public life in the Philippines. Still, Ms. Cabaluna, who considers herself very religious, said: ‘L.G.B.T. are now accepted. We are very welcome.’
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have released a plenary statement on gender, and the contents are a mixed bag of sensitivity and misunderstanding. A Catholic LGBT+ pastoral ministry in London has responded to the statement, calling for the bishops to educate themselves.
A summary of a wide range of stories from around the world on Catholic LGBTQ issues.
Like many U.S. Jesuit colleges, and indeed many U.S. Catholic colleges, Fairfield University, Connecticut, today has a strong support system in place for LGBTQ+ students and staff. It’s instructive to remember that a wonderfully supportive environment like this didn’t grow out of nowhere. It came about because of courageous pioneers.
“Queer and Catholic: A life of contradiction,” is a new autobiography by a gay Catholic man in the United Kingdom who recounts his developments in sexuality and spirituality and where those two areas converged
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