A new website will allow Catholic LGBTQ youth to tell their stories to their bishop delegates at October’s synod on youth at the Vartican.
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 I set out for Ireland nine days ago, I thought I was going there to report on a church conference. Instead, the experience has felt more like I was covering a revolution.
On the return flight home from the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis spoke with journalists aboard the plane, covering a variety of topics, though mostly focusing on the sex abuse crisis, but he also offered advice to parents of lesbian and gay children.
The World Meeting of Families 2018 concluded yesterday with a papal Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, and the atmosphere was decidedly somber and depressing. The morning’s rain showers didn’t help, but the rain clouds were not the problem. The problem was the darker clouds of clergy and religious abuse of children which has covered Ireland for far too long now. And if Pope Francis’ slow response to the abuse was not enough to keep people away, on the eve of the papal Mass news hit that the former papal nuncio to the United States was attacking the pontiff’s record.
While I am in no position to comment on the veracity of Archbishop Carlo Vigano’s recent claims about what Pope Francis and other church officials knew about various cases of clergy sexual abuse, after reading his statement, his emphasis that all of the Catholic Church’s current problems on supposed “homosexual networks” within the Church and also with Pope Francis reads like classic scapegoating.
At the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families here in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, it has been announced that among the handful of families who will be in the offertory procession will be ” a family involved in the “All Are Welcome” Mass in Avila, in Donnybrook, Dublin.”
Some brief items about LGBT voices discussing the World Meeting of Families, Dublin.
Some quotations on LGBT issues from Catholic prelates during the World Meeting of Families.
Pope Francis arrived in Dublin on Saturday, and almost immediately LGBT issues were raised as part of the discussion.
Though two Catholic organizations with a pro-LGBT message were excluded from exhibiting at the World Meeting of Families, a commercial exhibit that was provided space offered a unique and creative pro-LGBT message.
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