For the past few months, Bondings 2.o has been posting reflections from our readers on the…
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
Over years of thinking and questioning why I still stay, reluctantly, in the church, the same answer comes up: joy.
I finally found a church home and a ministry that woke my faith.
God had revealed himself to the lowly, and it would only be the humble whose hearing was sharp enough to perceive the message of his love.
We say in the Creed, “He descended into hell.” Death rules there. Satan rules there. The corpse lies there twenty-four hours, thirty hours, thirty-four hours. It is night.
Pope Francis has made headlines again with a positive statement about gay people,, this time criticizing people who reject gay people, and making a strong statement about applying the church’s social justice tradition to LGBT people.
How do we measure the gravity of sin and the incomparable vastness of God’s love for us?
Oh, heart! this one thing should not be forgot: Christ washed the feet of Judas.
One subtle “expectation” in many churches today is that every child who is baptized will grow up to lead a heteronormative life. When these expectations miscarry and a child later ackowledges an LGBTQ identity, the mood often shifts.
I stay in the Catholic Church because through the Eucharist I experience greater interior peace and freedom from anxiety.
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