Posts Tagged ‘LGBTQ’

Gay ministry is slowly moving the Catholic church Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
gay ministry

What a difference 30 years make in gay ministry! In 1990, then-Cardinal John O’Connor forced any of New York parishes hosting Dignity support groups for Catholic gays and lesbians to evict them from church property. Late last month, with the approval of New York’s current cardinal, Timothy Dolan, Fordham University released the first in a Read more

The church’s treatment of LGBTQ people is killing its future Comments 0

Monday, March 9th, 2020

In mid-February, NCR ran two stories that seemed tangentially related, but are actually profoundly connected. The first piece told the story of Alana Chen, a 24 year-old woman who died by suicide in early December 2019 in the Colorado wilderness. Just four months earlier, Alana, a deeply devout Catholic, had told The Denver Post about Read more

LGBTQ-friendly cleric named cardinal; far-right Catholics appalled Comments 0

Monday, September 9th, 2019

An LGBTQ-friendly Italian archbishop has been promoted to cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, and right-wing Catholics are losing it. Pope Francis announced Sunday that Archbishop Matteo Zuppi of Bologna and 12 other clerics were being elevated to cardinal, a rank that gives them great influence in the church and, for those under age 80, Read more

Bishop’s anti-LGBTQ tweet draws hundreds to protest Comments 0

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

A bishop’s anti-LGBTQ tweet decrying Pride Month has drawn a large amount of negative backlash. On Saturday, Rhode Island Bishop Thomas J. Tobin’s tweet urged Catholics not to support or attend LGBTQ events planned for this month. “A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June,” he tweeted. Read more

With religious liberty under sustained attack, what hope have Christians got? Comments 0

Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Religious liberty

It has been shocking, but not surprising, to arrive in Australia in time to watch religious liberty emerge as a progressive point of attack in the nation’s federal election. Shocking, because religious liberty is a fundamental principle of liberal democracy. Not surprising, alas, because progressives throughout Western liberal democracies have turned “religious liberty” into a Read more

Fallout follows nun’s same sex marriage letter Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

The Gospel commandment to love has led a Catholic school to change its policy on same-sex marriage announcements. Where the prestigious school’s alumnae magazine had never allowed same sex union announcements, the policy has been re-examined and changed recently. Visitation Sister Mary Berchmans, the school’s president emerita, wrote a letter announcing the change. The letter Read more

New Brunei law will see gays stoned, thieves’ hands amputated Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Brunei plans to implement Islamic criminal laws such as stoning to death for LGBTQ sex, and amputation for theft. Brunei, which is a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, has adopted a more conservative form of Islam in recent years. In 2013 it announced its intention to introduce sharia law, the Islamic legal system Read more

Schism: refusal to accept LGBTQ Christians splits church Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The question of whether to accept LGBTQ Christians into the fold is causing a schism in the United Methodist Church. America’s third-largest religious denomination is likely break apart over its members’ inability to reconcile differing opinions on whether to affirm LGBTQ Christians. Delegates to the church’s General Conference ended a three-day meeting on Tuesday by Read more

Chicago’s Cardinal welcomes LGBTQ book writer Comments 0

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Jesuit priest Father James Martin has been invited to address Cardinal Blase Cupich’s Chicago archdiocese over two nights during the next Lenten season. The invitation comes after Martin had speaking engagements cancelled and negative comments leveled at him by far-right Catholic groups. The ultra-conservatives disapprove of Martin’s recently published book on lesbian, gay, bi-, transgender Read more