An LGBTQ Catholic who refused to be sidelined by the institution due to her sexual orientation, and who was a pioneer in her hometown for Catholic LGBTQ ministry and advocacy, has passed away.
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I see the Rainbow Christ who mirrors the image of God in all of us. I see the fragility of our life. I see eyes of love, compassion, inclusiveness and peace.
The message of the Epiphany is about universal inclusiveness. There’s no ambiguity in the story, no one at the door checking ID, no Point of Entry, no test of orthodoxy, no loyalty oaths.
During this Christmas season, many of us may be trying to wrap our hearts and minds around recent challenges and losses, especially those linked to the pandemic or the polarization in the U.S. The story of the birth of Jesus invites reflection on how God meets us not only in the high moments, the joys, but especially and precisely in messy, difficult realities.
Despite the depictions on countless greeting cards and stained glass windows, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus did not truly resemble a stereotypical modern, white, suburban family.
As Pope Francis has consistently emphasized, mercy encounters persons and their needs, not their moral infractions. When Catholic families and communities learn to see others with these eyes, new horizons in how we imagine the extent and diversity of our families may well unfold.
In the face of widespread homophobia and transphobia, LGBT Catholic groups in Brazil have been making strides to develop community and connection with the queer community, other Catholics, and each other.
“Advent has a way of renewing my hope, something I very much need as a Catholic trans man. This year’s saving grace was an article by theologians Michael G. Lawler and Todd A. Salzman.”
The Catholic Diocese of Belize has vocally opposed legislation that would have protected people from discrimination based on gender and/or sexual orientation.
The Lt. Governor of Guam has been prohibited from sponsoring his niece at confirmation due to his same-gender relationship.
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