NEWS NOTES: U.S. Priests Affirm LGBT Ministry; Costa Rican Bishops Condemn Marriage Equality; And More

Today's post features short news notes including U.S. Catholic priests' resolution supporting LGBT ministry, the Costa Rican bishops' condemnation of marriage equality, and a conference of gay-negative Christians seeking to promote LGBT people's dignity. Read More

Priest’s Plan to Burn Rainbow Flag Stopped by Archdiocese

A priest's plan to burn a rainbow flag which once hung at the parish he oversees has been stopped after the Archdiocese of Chicago intervened, but the question remains how this priest is allowed to remain in pastoral ministry. Read More

Reviewers Offer More Varied Reactions to Fr. James Martin’s Book, “Building a Bridge”

More than a year after first publishing Building a Bridge on LGBT issues in the Catholic Church, Fr. James Martin, SJ's book has continued to stir conversation. Today's post highlights a few more reactions with links provided for further reading. Read More

Snapshots of LGBT-Friendly Catholic Communities

Catholic parishes and faith communities that welcome and affirm LGBT people have had their profiles raised this past summer with Fr. James Martin's talk about inclusive Catholic communities at the World Meeting of Families in Ireland.  On Monday, Bondings 2.0 ran a post examining how welcoming a welcoming parish really is.  Today's post continues that discussion.  Read More

India’s Cardinal Supported Striking Down Gay Ban Before the Court Did

Last week's wonderful news that India's Supreme Court decriminalized consensual sex between adults, in effect decriminalizing lesbian and gay relations, has rightly been received by accolades from around the globe.  The only religious leader in India who spoke out for the rights of these sexual minorities was Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay Read More

Overcoming Welcome-ish: A Challenge

How welcoming are welcoming parishes really? Read More

Expansion of Catholic Hospitals Does Not Bode Well for Trans Patients

In many parts of the United States, Catholic hospitals are increasingly becoming one of the sole options for healthcare due to mergers and expansions.  This new trend can be harmful for transgender patients, among others. Read More

Gay Student Rejected by Family Gets a Full Ride to Georgetown

Georgetown University has offered a full scholarship to an incoming student who was kicked out of his home because he was gay. Read More

Catholic Charities Employees Protest Bishop’s Decision to End Adoption Services Over LGBT Non-Discrimination

Employees at Catholic Charities in Buffalo are protesting their local bishop's decision to end the agency's adoption and foster care services over anti-LGBT non-discrimination protections, a controversy erupting just as that same bishop faces increasing calls for resignation over his handling of abusive priests. Read More

Lesbian Guidance Counselor Facing Firing to Appear on “The Ellen Show”

A church worker placed on leave after her same-gender marriage became known to Catholic officials will appear on The Ellen Show tomorrow after weeks of support from the school community where she works. Read More