Posts Tagged ‘Homosexuality’

German Franciscans elect openly gay Superior General

Thursday, June 16th, 2022
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A Franciscan province in Germany has elected an openly gay member as its new superior general. Br Markus Fuhrmann (centre) publicly came out as homosexual a few weeks ago. “If I am gay myself, then I want to show that I can also be part of the Church in this ministry,” he said in explanation Read more

A blessing is more than a blessing

Monday, April 12th, 2021
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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s (CDF) Responsum concerning the blessing of same-sex unions brings into focus the important theological question of how homosexuality is to be understood within the order of creation and within Scripture. On the basis of its understanding, the CDF concluded that the Church cannot officially bless people in Read more

No easy answers to Vatican’s ‘no’ to same-sex blessings

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
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A leading German Catholic bishop responded to the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples on Monday by saying that there were “no easy answers” to the issue. Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference commented March 15 after the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) clarified that the Catholic Read more

German bishop asks: Are homosexuals imperfectly created? Did God slip up?

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Pondering the question: ‘did God slip up in creating homosexuals?’, German Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz found he had to say ‘No’. Kolgraf says that answer has led him to think the Catholic Church needs a new pastoral approach to homosexual couples. After becoming a bishop in 2017, Kolgraf says he was soon made aware Read more

Soul-destroying: What conversion therapy in NZ looks like

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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After two unsuccessful petitions in 2019, Labour is finally promising to ban conversion therapy. Sherry Zhang talks to Anna* on what conversion therapy was like for her and what a ban on its practice would mean. “It makes me want to cry. It makes me feel seen, like I’m not just making shit up.” That’s Read more

Mary McAleese to spend retirement challenging Church teaching

Monday, September 28th, 2020
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Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese says blind obedience isn’t enough for people to stay in the Catholic Church. They are tired of “little old men” who continue to “beat the drum of obedience,” she says. “I am a person of faith but I am also a person with a thinking brain.” The hierarchy of the Read more

Women priests: priest suspended, bishops scott free

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Being prepared to consider ordaining women – and saying so – has seen a priest continue to be suspended from ministry while more senior clergy are not even smacked on the wrist. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, recently admitted that he is “open” to the idea of ordaining women to the Catholic priesthood. “I am not Read more

Mass walk-out of students at Catholic school after gay teachers quit

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Hundreds of students staged a mass walk-out of a Catholic school after two gay teachers resigned because of their sexuality. The teachers from Kennedy Catholic High in Seattle both quit after getting engaged to their same-sex partners. After the news broke to the students, hundreds of them caused havoc by blocking corridors, protesting and staging Read more

Disturbing new claims made about Israel Folau and his church

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

A parent of a young rugby player has made distrubing claims about the radical teachings of former Wallaby star Israel Folau’s church. The mother became concerned when Folau started inviting fellow players to the Truth of Jesus Christ Church in Sydney’s north-west. The church was set up by Folau’s father Eni in 2013. The mother Read more

Why I support gay marriage

Monday, July 8th, 2019

I didn’t hear the word lesbian until I went to university. In my childhood, homosexuality was not discussed: not at home, not at church, not at school. I’m sure there were homosexual people in my classroom or community. Possibly even in my extended family. But they were not ‘out’. Even the prevailing culture did not Read more