Entries by Robert Shine, Associate Editor

NEWS NOTES: Bishops Recognize TDOR; Catholics Join Anti-Criminalization Work; and More

Today’s post features short news notes including the English bishops’ support for Transgender Day of Remembrance, Catholic leaders involvement in anti-criminalization efforts, a petition supporting fired church worker Keith Kozak, and more.

For Transgender Day of Remembrance, Reflecting on Victims as “Dangerous Memories” Proclaiming God’s Reign

Today, marking the Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember these victims and the hundreds of other trans people who suffer lethal violence worldwide. But memorializing is not enough. We must let their “dangerous memories” speak loudly, and by doing so be orient us towards a world where trans equality is our reality.

Convert Shares Why LGBT Pride Celebrations Are the Reason She Became Catholic

Though they often do not make headlines, parish LGBT ministries are one of the most important ways that Catholics are living into the inclusive and just church which they seek. One writer recently shared how such a parish ministry helped her become Catholic, and there is similar work being undertaken across the U.S.

Homophobia Flares at U.S. Bishops’ Meeting, Targeting Gay Priests and Fr. James Martin

Statements from church officials and protestors alike targeted gay priests and Fr. James Martin, SJ, during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ assembly in Baltimore this week. These statements are but some of several signs that the U.S. episcopate still strongly resists Pope Francis’ efforts at church reform.