International news and some first-person accounts are spotlighted in this round-up of Catholic LGBT news.
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
The recent news that at least two German bishops have called for looking into the possibility of church blessings for legally married lesbian and gay couples holds great promise that a dream long held by many may actually become reality. The quest for such blessings has been going on for a long time.
If you are LGBTQI and Catholic, you hold incredible power. That’s the message of Christopher Pett, DignityUSA’s president, in “The Ultimate Rebels: Queer Catholics,” a recent op-ed on Advocate.com, the leading U.S. LGBT news magazine website.
“Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment. . . . For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God. . . . His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.”
A flip-flop by a British politician about his stance on the morality of gay sex has given rise to a leading international Catholic journal publishing an eminent defense of sacredness of lesbian and gay relationships.
In the U.S., today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday commemorating the…
Openly gay pop singer Sam Smith’s most recent album The Thrill of it All includes…
Bishop Franz-Josef Bode has said: “I’m concerned with fundamental questions of how we deal with each other; although ‘marriage for all’ differs clearly from the church’s concept of marriage, it’s now a political reality.”
The government of Peru is withdrawing a national school curriculum that was widely criticized for employing what critics have called “gender ideology.”
A story about LGBT ministry in the Catholic Church that needs to be told, re-told, and re-told again: Catholic nuns have been LGBT people’s strongest supporters among institutional church people.
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