The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel not to protect workers at religious institutions from employment discrimination leaves many people, especially LGBTQ people, vulnerable to being fired by institutions that should be the model of fairness and equality, not bigotry and exclusion.
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
Were you to ask an average person on the street what the Catholic Church teaches about LGBTQ people, perhaps one of the most common answers you would get is “The Catholic Church? They’re against them.” However, that impression is wrong.
Catholics have continued to welcome the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week that endorses non-discrimination…
The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Title VII decision protecting LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination is a reason for all Catholics to celebrate.
To begin our journey to take the next steps toward developing LGBTQ ministry, we are starting with something with which you should be very familiar: you.
“Stop disputing about words. This serves no useful purpose since it harms those who listen.”
A corrected link to our registration for “Next Steps: Developing Catholic LGBTQ Ministry” is now available.
Announcing an online series to help Catholic parish ministers and volunteers learn how to start or further enhance LGBTQ ministry in their communities
“Don’t let me ever hear those hateful words. We Catholics are above that.” Today’s liturgical readings give us a path to move beyond the politics of “us and them.”
To help Catholics celebrate LGBTQ Pride in this challenging time, New Ways Ministry will host a virtual prayer service and gathering entitled, “We, Though Many, Are One Body.”
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