In a year of ups and downs in the world of Catholic LGBT news, our readers selected what they considered the 10 worst events of 2017.
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
Today, we share the story of Fr. Gregory Greiten who recently came out as gay, and who gave a homily focusing on the gifts of gay priests in the context of Advent: integrity, honesty, and authenticity.
The United States and the world were stunned and horrified 19 years ago when the battered and tortured body of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was found tied to a prairie fence outside Laramie.
Christmas greetings and blessings to you! May Christ’s light shine in our hearts!
The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) held its Second Assembly, with almost 100 participants from 35 nations gathering in Munich/Dachau, Germany, for three days of discussion, prayer, support, and camraderie.
On the last Sunday in December, Catholics around the world will celebrate the Feast of…
A negative statement on gender identity from 20 U.S. religious leaders shows the continued ignorance of gender awareness that exists among people who shape church teaching and policy.
An Australian bishop calls on priests to eliminate clericalism in their lives and ministry. Such a development could greatly benefit the Church’s relationship with the LGBT community.
An Austrian Catholic cardinal who has often been outspoken in defense of lesbian and gay people has criticized his nation’s recent high court decision which allows for same-gender couples to marry. What does this latest marriage equality victory teach us about Catholic leaders’ responses to these issues?
Fortunate Families , a national Catholic network of parents of LGBT+ sons and daughters, has appointed Stanley Francis “JR” Zerkowski to be its first Executive Director. Learn more about what shaped his vision for LGBT+ ministry in the Church.
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