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What Would Cause a Catholic Pastor to Burn a Rainbow Flag?

I would like to propose that another cause be considered about why Fr. Paul Kalchik decided to burn a rainbow flag:  I think that the current climate in Catholic Church and civil society has reached such a hateful pitch that hateful displays are the logical result. Read More

On Bishops’ Decrees Against Gay Catholics’ Funerals, the Real Scandal Is Discrimination

Two U.S. bishops' decrees that would deny funerals to Catholics in same-gender marriages were worried such celebrations would cause public scandal. But theologians Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler argued in the National Catholic Reporter that the real scandal is the decrees themselves. Read More

Firings, Funerals, Fear . . . and Food

Over the last year and half, the media has focused attention on large, growing divisions in American society. Even in the American Catholic world, divisions both between and within the hierarchy and laity can sometimes become pronounced. For example, the cycle of action and reaction to same-sex marriage continues at all levels in the Catholic Church. Among the worst responses have been when LGBT people are fired from Catholic jobs. Church officials proclaim “scandal,” seemingly oblivious to the fact that their own actions and communications are exceedingly cruel and scandalous. The cycle of outrage continues with the recent news that a second U.S. diocese – Madison, Wisconsin, under the leadership of Bishop Robert Morlino - has determined that funerals should be denied to people in same gender civil marriages. Morlino joins Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois who gave similar directions to his diocesan personnel last summer, prompting quite a backlash. Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: ‘You belong here. It’s about time somebody says that to you.’

“Gays and lesbians are welcome in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. “That’s the message the Most Rev. Walter F. Sullivan, the bishop of the diocese, brought yesterday to a gathering of 250 people at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for what organizers said was the first official Mass for gays and lesbians in Richmond. ” ‘You belong here,’ Sullivan told the group. ‘It’s about time somebody says that to you.’ “ Read More

Have U.S. Bishops Given Up Their Culture War Agenda?

Earlier this summer, Jesuit Father Thomas Reese wrote two columns in The National Catholic Reporter dealing... Read More

The Time Is Now for Church’s Sexuality Dialogue

The National Catholic Reporter’s editors have called for a “Time for dialogue on sexual ethics”... Read More

Bishop Doubles Down on Denying Communion to Gays, Lesbians, and Others

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield has doubled down on his June decree barring married lesbian... Read More

Catholic Groups Object to Bishop Paprocki’s Anti-Gay Decree

Weeks after an Illinois bishop announced pastoral guidelines that bar people in same-gender marriages from... Read More

San Jose Bishop Counters Paprocki’s Decree Against Married Lesbian/Gay Couples

A California bishop has written a letter instructing clergy and religious in the diocese to... Read More

Bishop Paprocki’s Decree Was Released on Orlando Massacre Anniversary

Catholics have continued to express their strong responses to Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s decree barring people... Read More