Five years ago, the University of Notre Dame released “Beloved Friends and Allies,” a pastoral plan aimed at making the campus more inclusive and providing support to LGBTQ students. But one student has now written that efforts to promote diversity are not enough and that the University is failing its LGBTQ students.
About Robert Shine, Associate Editor
Robert Shine is the Associate Director of New Ways Ministry, and has been with the organization since 2012. He is the Associate Editor for Bondings 2.0, a daily blog of news and opinion covering Catholic LGBT topics. Bob has degrees in theology from The Catholic University of America and the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
Entries by Robert Shine, Associate Editor
A week ago, Australian legislators passed a marriage equality law following the nation’s non-binding postal survey this fall and years of debate. A Catholic priest has since expressed his desire to celebrate a same-gender couple’s wedding amid more muted reactions from church leaders.
How should Catholics approach the legal case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission about which oral arguments were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last week? John Gehring of Faith in Public Life said the answer to this question is nuanced, but clear.
Is Catholic higher education in the U.S. being forced to choose between church and culture on matters of gender and sexuality? Patricia Miller, a contributor for Religion Dispatches, leans towards yes. I’m not so sure.
This Sunday, we’re asked to think about John the Baptist. And before Jesus was the Jesus of Nazareth whom we know and love—the one who exorcises demons, the one who heals people, the one who walks on water—Jesus was a person like you and me. Indeed, Jesus was a disciple; Jesus was an eager sidekick. And Jesus’s hero was John.
A South African bishop offered welcoming words to lesbian and gay people in a recent interview, saying the Church “should be home for gay people.”
A bishop has criticized a Nativity scene which features two Joseph figures while omitting Mary, calling it “sacrilege” and an “attack on the Christian Faith.”
A cardinal in Austria led a memorial service for World AIDS Day at his archdiocesan cathedral, the first such event there which will hopefully be replicated elsewhere in future years.
Catholic schools in England will no longer use the gendered terms “mother” and “father” on admissions forms after a government official ruled these could be potentially discriminatory.
Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Though conservatives claim this case is about religious liberty, some 1,300 faith leaders have spoken out saying it is really about anti-LGBT discrimination.
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