Today is World AIDS Day, an annual remembrance to raise awareness of this disease, as well as to remember those who have passed on because of it and those who persevere as they live with HIV/AIDS. In the United Kingdom, one Catholic group has recently stepped up their work in regards to HIV/AIDS by releasing a series of videos and resources on their website.
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
When Emily Garvey learned that her daughter was transitioning from female to male, it was not an easy journey for the Catholic mom. “If I’m being honest here, and it’s humbling to admit this, it made me uncomfortable,” Garvey said. But then God stepped in. . .
Dignity/Washington members have produced a booklet entitled “And the Darkness Shall Not Overcome It: Reflections on the Advent and Christmas Readings Through an LGBTQ Lens.” They want to share it with others in the hopes that sharing the experience of the Light which overcomes darkness will help any person of faith find a common experience of wonder.
Bondings 2.o would like to show the world what contemporary Catholic life looks like, especially in regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. So, to celebrate the feast this year, we are turning to our readers.
How time flies when you’re producing a blog on Catholic LGBT news, opinion, and spirituality! It’s been six years since we started this blog! What a journey it has been!
“I wrote this play because I was—I am—struggling with my faith. The question is not whether I ought to be Catholic but rather: How ought I to be Catholic? What kind of Catholic am I to be? How can I continue to nurture my relationship with God, a relationship anchored in the church, but also acknowledge that I want change?”
When the history of LGBT issues in the Catholic Church gets written, a large chapter (or maybe several) will have to be devoted to Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, now a retired auxiliary bishop in Detroit, Michigan.
“My hope, as I travel about the diocese, is that more LGBT Catholics do feel welcome and part of the parish where they attend Mass, and that they are involved in its life and work. These occasional Masses for LGBT Catholics, their families and friends, in various parts of the diocese of Nottingham are more to reassure those LGBT Catholics who may feel hurt and uncared for by the Church, that they are very much part of the pastoral care I wish to ensure is offered to all Catholics in the diocese.”
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How can we move forward in a circle without ending up stuck in a spin?
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