Posts Tagged ‘Homosexuality’

“I’ve gotten used to being hated,” says defender of LGBT Catholics James Martin

Monday, March 25th, 2024

Inside one of the many skyscrapers in the center of Manhattan, James Martin (pictured) heads to his office at America, the Jesuit magazine where he is an editor. Martin’s workspace is filled with objects that evoke his personal journey as a Jesuit priest who has worked with gang members in Boston as well as refugees Read more

It’s time to understand homosexuality

Thursday, November 30th, 2023

Homosexuality is misunderstood. It should not be a criminal offence says Ghana’s Cardinal Peter Turkson. People should be helped to understand the issue better, Turkson says. La Croix International reports that the comment is at odds with the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ conference, and has stoked outrage on social media. “The position of the Catholic Church Read more

It’s official – some of German Synodal Path not happening

Monday, November 27th, 2023
German Synodal Path

Some German Synodal Path suggestions for change won’t be happening, says the Vatican. Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has written an official note to the German Bishops’ Conference secretary general, Beate Gilles to clarify the Vatican’s stance on the German Synodal Path reform proposals. Non-negotiable issues Some issues are “non-negotiable”, Parolin told Gilles, Read more

Justin Welby: 2022 Lambeth address on the call on Human Dignity

Monday, August 8th, 2022
Human Dignity

This is one of the most important sessions of this Conference. In it, we come to a question – of what we believe about human dignity, including sexuality – that is deeply dividing, not only for Anglicans but for every part of God’s global church. This conference is one of the few places where we Read more

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
Sacrosanctum Concilium,

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
Mary McAleese

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