Is Mychal Judge a gay saint? Yes, without a doubt. But not simply because he was a gay man who was also holy.
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
Living a life as your authentic self is not going to please everyone. In fact, just by being yourself, you may actually unintentionally end up challenging or even threatening some people, structures, and institutions.
What is your parish or faith community ready for in terms of LGBTQ ministry? Learn how to find out by doing a simple parish assessment and inventory.
Since the 1970s, Catholic Church leaders have issued strong calls for pastoral ministry to LGBTQ people, yet so few Catholics know about this tradition.
If you would like to organize a liturgy or prayer service in your parish or faith community that celebrates the gifts of LGBTQ people, a new resource provides some guidance and inspiration.
This area of church teaching on LGBTQ issues has much less to do with LGBTQ people and much more to do with the wider community. It calls on this wider community to check their own attitudes, assumptions, and misconceptions about LGBTQ people.
This situation illustrates a tension that exists in LGBTQ ministry with regard to whether a group chooses to express their dissenting views on the church’s sexual ethics teaching or to minister while remaining neutral or expressing support for the church’s teaching on sexual ethics.
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.
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…
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