“Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and butcher it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”
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
“Permitting myself to think about leaving paradoxically keeps me sane in the Catholic church.”
“Growing up, I had no awareness I was asexual and agender. However, since puberty I felt an unease and disconnect about my body.”
The South Dakota Catholic Conference (SDCC) supportedthe recent defeat of a state legistlature bill that would have extended hate crime protections to LGBTQ South Dakotans.
As we enter the season of Lent, take a moment to reflect on what part temptations and tests play in your spiritual life.
“We must all continue to recognize that there are things we need to learn. We must question and learn in order to truly love one another.”
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, our annual season of repentance and renewal to prepare for the great feast of Easter. “Bondings 2.0” introduces a new scriptural reflection series for LGBTQ people and allies, entitled “From Ashes to the Oil of Gladness.”
Three LGBTQ people offer diverse reasons of why they stay in the Catholic Church.
A main theme at the summit was how the problem of clericalism has hampered the life of the Church and has been the main cause of the sex abuse crisis. Although clericalism had emerged as an important theme before the summit, it was amazing to see how many speakers condemned it as a significant problem that the hierarchy must work to eradicate.
‘Heterosexuality or homosexuality is not the cause of pedophilia.’
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