Equality for Catholic Women Is Inextricably Linked to LGBT Equality – Bondings 2.0

“Is it possible for a woman to be both a feminist and a Catholic?” This question is central for Celia Viggo Wexler’s book, Catholic Women Confront Their Church: Stories of Hurt and Hope, said Gail DeGeorge in a review of the book for the National Catholic Reporter. It is a similar question to one many Catholics have asked, “Is it possible to be an LGBT person and a Catholic?”

41itqzvovdl-_sy344_bo1204203200_These questions are not just similar: they are deeply interrelated. Indeed, the cause of women’s equality in the church is inextricably linked to the cause of LGBT equality, and vice versa.

DeGeorge described the genesis of the book and its title:

“[Wexler] is not a theologian or historian, she writes, nor does she intend the book to be a definitive work about the views of Catholic women. She seeks instead to inspire conversations among women who, like her, are ‘torn between the faith they love and the institutional church that often sets their teeth on edge.’ . . .

Source: – Bondings 2.0

Ethicist sees ‘Joy of Love’ as call-out for family, justice | National Catholic Reporter

RIVER FOREST, ILL. There’s a lot going on in “The Joy of Love” (Amoris Laetitia), the exhortation Pope Francis published last year after the two-part synod on the family, but, says theologian Julie Hanlon Rubio, the core of it is pretty simple.

An array of social forces make marriage and family life more difficult — poverty, incarceration, migration, violence, racism, individualism and many more.

“The pope says, if we care about marriage and family, we have to care about these issues as well. This is a call-out to the social justice people to pay attention to marriage and family, and it’s a call-out to the marriage-and-family people to care about social justice.”

Source:National Catholic Reporter

Clergy Group Sharply Criticizes Vatican’s Ban on Gay Priests – Bondings 2.0

The Vatican’s 2016 document on priesthood, which renewed a ban on gay men, is “disrespectful” and “insulting,” said a national organization of American priests.

This week, the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) released its statement on “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” which had been released by the Congregation for the Clergy last December.  The AUSCP describes its mission as “to be an association of U.S. Catholic priests offering mutual support and a collegial voice through dialogue, contemplation and prophetic action on issues affecting Church and society.”

Source: Bondings 2.0

‘Coming out’ as a gay Catholic – The State Hornet

To be gay and Catholic is to be mired in a web of what seem like contradictions. The church condemns “homosexual acts,” yet as much as 58 percent of the priests may be gay themselves, according to a 2000 estimate.

The religion is based on love, incarnate in the person of Jesus. Yet my love remains designated by the church an “objective disorder.”

And so when I realized I was gay as a later teenager, I spent a lot of time asking why it had to be me, why this cross was the one I’d been chosen to bear.

I asked myself what childhood trauma I must’ve gone through that made me this way. Either way, I figured, if these feelings didn’t go away, celibacy wasn’t that much of a price to pay for eternal life.

And people already called me “Father John” in jest, so maybe the priesthood was the right career path.

Source: ‘Coming out’ as a gay Catholic – The State Hornet

Catholics rally behind gay Ugandan who faces deportation

LGBT Catholics Westminster have launched a petition that will be presented to the Home Office once it reaches 1,000 signatures

The LGBT Catholic community in Westminster has mounted a campaign against the deportation of one of its Ugandan members, whom it says faces a very high risk of being killed if he is forced to return to the place of his birth.

Godfrey Kawalya, a gay Ugandan refugee, LGBT campaigner and a member of LGBT Catholics Westminster, has been living in Britain since 2002. In Uganda, where same sex acts are illegal and punishable by life imprisonment, he says he was expelled from secondary school, sacked from his job and rejected by his family for being gay. He was also an active member of the political opposition to the current president, Yoweri Museveni.

After he fled from Kampala to rebel-held territories in Northern Uganda, Kawalya said he was attacked and robbed, and a friend who sheltered him was killed. He escaped to Kenya with the help of some nuns and eventually made his way to England.

Source: The Tablet

Church investigates official complaints into homophobia against gay cleric | Christian News on Christian Today

Insiders have lodged an official complaint after a gay cleric was barred from being appointed Bishop of Llandaff.

Five members of the Church in Wales’ secretive electoral college that debates and votes for candidates have spoken of ‘deeply inappropriate’ references to Dr Jeffrey John’s homosexuality when considering his nomination, Christian Today can reveal.

In a letter to the Church’s most senior executive Simon Lloyd, the electors said the remarks against Dr John ‘prejudiced’ the process making it ‘invalid’.

A formal investigation has now been launched into the process and a legal panel chaired by a judge will decide whether to scrap the decision not to take Dr John’s nomination forward.

Source: Christian Today

The Pope welcomes world’s only gay leader and his husband to the Vatican | Attitude Magazine

The Pope has welcomed the world’s only openly gay leader and his husband to the Vatican.

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and his partner Gauthier Destenay, joined European heads of government for the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome last month.

The couple, who entered a civil partnership in 2010 and married in 2015 following Luxembourg’s legalisation of equal marriage, were greeted by Archbishop Ganswein, personal secretary to Pope Benedict XVI, as they arrived at the headquarters of the Catholic church.

Source:  Attitude Magazine