The forced resignation of San Diego gay pastoral worker Aaron Bianco because of violent threats against him, his husband, and his family by right-wing Catholics has other members speaking out in support of Catholic values which affirm LGBT people.
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
Three weeks in Rome covering the synod on youth was quite an education for me! Here are a few things that I have learned.
Pope Francis’ homily underlined themes and messages from the synod which are ones that he frequently has touched upon. Several of them are applicable to those involved in Catholic LGBT ministry.
The Vatican’s Synod on Youth has issued its final report, and its comments on LGBT issues are a mixed bag.
Thomas Andonie is the president of the Bund der Deutschen Katholischen Jugend (Federation of German Catholic Youth). He also has a passion for justice in the church. and was selected to be the nation’s youth auditor at the synod on youth. He used part of his 4 minute talk at the meeting to raise the question of LGBT inequality in the church.
Crux has published an interview with India’s Cardinal Oswald Gracias in which he gives some insights into what the synod’s final report might be saying, based on what he has read in the draft.
“This Synod is intended to be a sign of the Church that truly listens and that doesn’t always have a ready-made answer.”
Perhaps no one did more to raise the profile of LGBT issues at the synod on youth than Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput. Read on to learn about his latest statement on the topic.
I thought this press briefing was instructive to understand some of the opposition to LGBT issues that exists in the synod, even from some people that we might consider allies. I think that the event provided a peek into what may appear in the final document
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