A recent poll of Ireland’s citizens has revealed the desire for greater acceptance of same-sex marriage in the Catholic Church.
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
The good news on Sunday was that Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich has removed from ministry the pastor who ceremonially burned a rainbow flag as an attempt to “purify” his parish which had once welcomed lesbian and gay people.
I would like to propose that another cause be considered about why Fr. Paul Kalchik decided to burn a rainbow flag: I think that the current climate in Catholic Church and civil society has reached such a hateful pitch that hateful displays are the logical result.
We know the story well. God created male and female in God’s image and likeness, but they ended up breaking the rules and cursing humanity until the end of time. But what if they weren’t male and female?
A public debate among some of Switzerland’s Catholic leaderss has emerged after one auxiliary bishop made a strong comment blaming gay priests for the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
Last week’s wonderful news that India’s Supreme Court decriminalized consensual sex between adults, in effect decriminalizing lesbian and gay relations, has rightly been received by accolades from around the globe. The only religious leader in India who spoke out for the rights of these sexual minorities was Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay
A small brouhaha erupted this week after Pope Francis’ advice to parents of lesbian and gay children were interpreted by some to indicate that the pontiff was recommending psychiatric help to prevent a child from becoming lesbian or gay.
A new website will allow Catholic LGBTQ youth to tell their stories to their bishop delegates at October’s synod on youth at the Vartican.
When I set out for Ireland nine days ago, I thought I was going there to report on a church conference. Instead, the experience has felt more like I was covering a revolution.
On the return flight home from the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis spoke with journalists aboard the plane, covering a variety of topics, though mostly focusing on the sex abuse crisis, but he also offered advice to parents of lesbian and gay children.
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