New Ways Ministry welcomes Pope Francis’ statement condemning the persecution of LGBTQ 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
A few days ago, Bondings 2.0 asked its readers: “If you could canonize any LGBTQ person or ally, living or dead, Catholic or not, fictional or real, who would it be, and why?” Here are more responses.
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Is John Henry Newman the Catholic Church’s first openly gay saint? The answer to that question depends on your definition of “openly,” “gay,” and “first.”
While meeting with Jesuits in Mozambique, the pope answered a question about how to avoid falling into clericalism, and he included this nugget of wisdom.
Father James Martin, SJ, author of Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, was received this morning by Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia penned a critique of Jesuit Father James Martin’s pastoral outreach to LGBT people. Unfortunately, Archbishop Chaput is wrong in almost all of his assertions.
Here at New Ways Ministry, we frequently point out that LGBTQ people offer great gifts to our institutional church. I was recently reminded that LGBTQ people also offer gifts to another kind of “church” beyond the institutional: the domestic church, meaning the family home.
Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration, commemorating the event where Jesus brought Peter, James, John, to the mountain top and revealed His beautiful and true identity as God. We invite you to reflect on the importance and symbols of this story as they apply to you as an LGBTQ person or ally.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion when LGBT customers of the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York City resisted arrest during a raid and began four days of very public demonstrations for equality in the streets of Greenwich Village. Take a few moments to be quiet and pray in thanksgiving for all who have gone before us and paved the way for where we are now.
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