An Australian bishop appointed by Pope Francis has powerfully called on the church to make space for lesbian, bisexual, and gay people, and to examine how it handles homosexuality, as part of his larger call for the church to press on in the work set forth by Vatican II.
Bishop Vincent Long, OFM Conv., of Parramatta offered his remarks during the Ann D. Clark Lecture last week. His talk was titled, “Pope Francis and the Challenge of Being Church Today.” Long said that among the church’s “greatest challenges” today is being inclusive, to be a church where, in Pope Francis’ vision, all are radically welcome. The bishop explained his definition of real ecclesial inclusiveness:
“By that I mean there must be space for everyone, especially those who have been h
A group of gay Church of England clergy are set to reveal that they have married their partners, defying the official line taken by church leaders on same-sex marriage.
A dozen gay ministers are to sign an open letter that also urges the church to allow clergy to carry out blessings for parishioners entering into same-sex marriages.
Half the signatories have already declared themselves to be in a gay marriage, including Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who was one of the first priests to openly defy the ruling.
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At Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Brooklyn, Daniel Fitzpatrick’s biggest test had nothing to do with academics.The 13-year-old seventh-grader — like so many young people in schools across the country — was the target of relentless bullying because of his grades, his weight and his sweet disposition, family members told the New York Daily News.This summer, Daniel detailed some of his toughest struggles in a letter that accused classmates of turning on him — and school officials of ignoring his pleas for
‘My brother slapped me because of who I love’ – SA champion
“God help me‚” Viljoen pleads in a Facebook post on Monday.
She said that she was speaking out‚ although it was a difficult and upsetting decision‚ because of other people who may be going through the same “hell”.
“My brother has just lifted his hands to me again and also my father four years ago. My brother has slapped me through the face.
“It is a month before the Olympic Games and I know the devil is trying to work through other people to make me take my eye off God and the finish line‚” she wrote
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We’ve often commented on this blog that the Catholic parents of LGBT people are among the strongest advocates in the Church for equality and justice. Parents’ groups have been speaking boldly and effectively around the globe, perhaps most notably here in the U.S. through the organization Fortunate Families, and in Malta through the organization Drachma Parents. A new set of parental voices has joined this growing chorus, this time from the very Catholic nation of Poland.
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The Anglican Church in Southern Africa is to consider blessing same-sex civil unions when its provincial synod meets next month. But the motion, proposed by the Diocese of Saldanha Bay, would not permit clergy to solemnise same-sex marriages. The motion says that clergy should be “especially prepared for a ministry of pastoral care for those identifying as LGBTI” but that “any cleric unwilling to engage in such envisioned pastoral care shall not be obliged to do so”
“The motion . . . proposes that any bishop of the church who wishes to do so may make provision for her or his clergy to provide pastoral care to those who identify as LGBTI,” the Archbishop of Cape Town and Primate of Southern Africa, Dr Thabo Makgoba, said. “This proposal affirms the assurance already given by our bishops that church members who identify as LGBTI are loved by God and share in full membership of our Church as baptised members of the Body of Christ.
In what he’s described as the hardest 570 days of his life, a gay Christian minister is fighting back against the church that he says fired him because of his sexuality.
Philip Olivier, 36, was dismissed from his position of minister in the Afrikaanse Protestant Church (APC) of Groblersdal in Limpopo on 18 November 2014.
He claims that most of the charges against him were trumped up and “boil down to the fact that because I am gay I am not suitable to be a minister in the church”.
The APC first took action against Olivierafter he appeared in a group photo taken at a social function hosted by Triarc, an LGBT insurance and medical aid company, posted on Facebook.
The church also accused him of working for the company, which Olivier denies, and for officiating a marriage without authority. He insists, however, that he took part in the ceremony with the church’s approval and that he did not formally solemnise the marriage.
In addition to suddenly finding himself without a job and with an outstanding student loan, he was also thrown out of his church accommodation. Without any other career to fall back on, he had to sell his possessions, lost his car and is facing growing debt and an uncertain future.