Alberta Education Minister Hopeful After Meeting Bishops 

Alberta’s Education Minister expressed hope that a compromise on LGBTQ policies could be found for Catholic education after meeting with the province’s bishops. Minister David Eggen met with the four bishops of the Canadian province last Monday to quell the increasingly heated debates around developing policies to support LGBTQ students.

He said the conversations were “frank” and sought “common ground” to ensure that “we protect all students regardless of their gender identity in schools and to make sure t

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Springfield Bishop Rozanski asks for forgiveness, calls for those alienated by Catholic Church to return in pastoral letter | masslive.com

SPRINGFIELD – As the world’s Catholics prepare for Lent’s 40 days of spiritual repentance, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is issuing its own message of apology and renewal – to current and lapsed Catholics, to parishioners wounded by church closures, to victims of sexual abuse by priests and to LGBT Catholics alienated by the Church’s stance on gay rights.

In his pastoral letter issued on Ash Wednesday, the Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski wrote that the church, inspired by the approachable tenor of Pope Francis’ papacy, is rededicating itself to evangelism – including the welcoming-back of Catholics who no longer feel represented by the Church.

Source: Springfield Bishop Rozanski asks for forgiveness, calls for those alienated by Catholic Church to return in pastoral letter | masslive.com

Anglican churches across globe at different stages in dealing with LGBTQ rights

The Anglican Church slapped down its American branch last month, punishing it for authorizing same-sex marriages.The church has been riven for decades over issues of female ordination, the ordination of gay clergy and, now, same-sex marriage. The issue is so incendiary that it threatened to tear the global church apart. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the head of the church, is credited with preventing a complete implosion.Yet even in the seeming backlash to gay marriage, one of Canada’s top Anglicans says he sees signs of progress.Rev. Peter Elliott, the dean of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver and the Number 2 Anglican in the region after the bishop, has been at the heart of this debate for years and the local diocese — for historical reasons called New Westminster — is (in)famous for its progressive stand on the topic. The diocese offers a blessing for same-sex marriages, but solemnization of marriages is a national decision and the Canadian church is expected to vote this year on the topic, potentially opening a new front in the long battle.

Source: Anglican churches across globe at different stages in dealing with LGBTQ rights

Plea to to Pope: Restrain Cameroon’s gay-bashing Catholics | 76 CRIMES

In Cameroon, a recent resurgence of anti-LGBTI rhetoric from the Catholic Church has come in for criticism from the Douala-based advocacy group Alternatives-Cameroon, which fights Aids and supports human rights for sexual minorities.  In this press release, Alternatives-Cameroon asks Pope Francis to intervene:

Cameroon: The Catholic Church continues to preach hate

Media releases and speeches from dignitaries of Cameroon’s Catholic Church in recent weeks have become even more radical with respect to homosexuality. The latest example came during the meeting of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon, held in Batouri on Jan. 12, 2016, during which churchmen prescribed “zero tolerance” for homosexuality.

Source: Plea to to Pope: Restrain Cameroon’s gay-bashing Catholics | 76 CRIMES

Portugal overturns presidential veto on gay adoption | euronews, world news

Portugal’s parliament has overturned a presidential veto on a bill legalising adoption by same-sex couples. The motion was supported by the ruling Socialists and their far-Left allies. Conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva will have to sign the bill allowing same sex adoption into law before his term ends in March.

The president last month vetoed the gay adoption bill on the grounds that parliament passed it in November without having promoted a wide-enough national debate and citing doubts that it would promote the wellbeing of children. His refusal provoked sharp criticism from human rights groups and politicians alike.

Under the constitution he now has eight days to sing the bill into law.

Source: Portugal overturns presidential veto on gay adoption | euronews, world news

Transgender Support Growing in Catholic Higher Education | Bondings 2.0

Boston College students are advancing a trans-inclusive non-discrimination policy for their Jesuit-sponsored school. Below, Bondings 2.0 reports on this news and other LGBT developments, two of which reveal Catholic higher education’s growing commitment to support trans* community members.

Boston College May Include Trans* Nondiscrimination Protections

Boston College’s GLBTQ Leadership Council, a segment of student government, has prepared a report about adding gender identity and expression to the Colleg

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Faith & LGBTQ Sexuality is Topic of New Book by NYC’s Gay Catholics & Christians Social Group | PRUnderground

As a Valentine’s Day gift to Gay Catholics and Christians worldwide, NYC’s Gay Catholics, Christians and Friends Social Group (“GCC”) releases the new book, “God’s Black Porsche: Dating Stories from NYC’s Gay Catholics & Christians“.  The book is a collection of member-shared personal dating short-stories that the group hopes might be of some help to others in their own personal and spiritual journey as Gay Catholics and Christians.

The book highlights how in NYC, like in most major cities, if you do not know who you are by the time you get there, there will be plenty of folks who will tell you who you should be. The collection of stories in the new book touch on how for many Gay Catholics and Christians that come to the city with the deep-rooted faith, beliefs, and values they grew up with, it is a constant struggle to keep their focus and balance on what’s inside their souls – which includes their LGBTQ identity, their sexuality and their faith.

The short stories cover everything from “almost happily ever after stories” to the “pressure and guilt of one night stands” to “the challenges of keeping a monogamous relationship” to “first bar experiences” and more.

The shared stories address how key spiritual teachings that Gay Catholics and Christians were taught and accepted as “given” in any future relationships, straight or gay, will often face the tests and pressures of the city’s loud groupthink mentality. Personal doubts that are further magnified by a Church that on one hand expresses a message of love and compassion towards Gay Catholics and Christians, but on the other – sends out a discriminatory and hurtful message when it does not accept their legal marriages or the sanctity of LGBTQ Catholic and Christian Families – who as the book’s dedication reminds us “God Created in his Own Image.”

Source:  PRUnderground