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Was the Summit the Beginning of the End of Clericalism?

A main theme at the summit was how the problem of clericalism has hampered the life of the Church and has been the main cause of the sex abuse crisis.  Although clericalism had emerged as an important theme before the summit, it was amazing to see how many speakers condemned it as a significant problem that the hierarchy must work to eradicate. Read More

The Last Word on Gay Priests and Clergy Sexual Abuse?

'Heterosexuality or homosexuality is not the cause of pedophilia.' Read More

Cupich: Data Clear that Homosexuality Not a Cause of Clergy Sexual Abuse

A lead organizer for the Vatican's summit on clergy sexual abuse this week has said homosexuality is neither a cause of abuse nor a central problem in the priesthood. Read More

Press Briefing and Small Group Reports Bring Only Vague LGBT References

LGBT topics were discussed at the synod press briefing on Saturday, the same day that the third set of reports from the small group discussion groups were released which also contained some references to LGBT issues. Overall, it doesn't look like the synod has pushed the needle on LGBT issues very far. Read More

While Archbishop Blames Gay Priests for Abuse, Cardinal and Other Catholics Reject Such Theories

A leading U.S. bishop has firmly rejected any suggestion that gay priests have been a cause of clergy sexual abuse, joining a growing number of other Catholics who have refused to let such homophobic narratives go unchecked. Read More

Cardinal Cupich Removes Flag-Burning Priest from Parish

The good news on Sunday was that Chicago's Cardinal Blase Cupich has removed from ministry the pastor who ceremonially burned a rainbow flag as an attempt to "purify" his parish which had once welcomed lesbian and gay people. Read More

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

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

Quotes from Cardinals and an Archbishop on LGBT Issues at WMF

Some quotations on LGBT issues from Catholic prelates during the World Meeting of Families. Read More

Cardinal Cupich: On Sexual Abuse, Clerical Culture, Not Gay Priests, at Fault

A top U.S. cardinal has expressed skepticism that gay priests are the cause of clerical sexual abuse, saying instead the problem is clericalism in the Church. Read More