Gay cleric Jeffrey John speaks out: My homosexuality was the only reason I was blocked as Bishop of Llandaff | Christian News on Christian Today

A prominent gay cleric’s homosexuality was the only reason he was blocked from becoming a bishop, he has claimed.

Canon Jeffrey John was favourite to be Bishop of Llandaff but was subject to ‘a number of homophobic remarks’ during the appointment process before being eventually rejected by bishops, he said.

In an unusual move, Dr John, who is currently Dean of St Albans Cathedral, wrote an open letter to the senior Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies, complaining at his treatment which he said was a ‘clear and ludicrous breach of process’.

Source: Christian Today

Can Catholics dissent from Pope Francis’ teaching on the family? Wrong question. | America Magazine

There is a fundamental, usually overlooked point in discussions about church teaching: “teaching” is not “law”.

March 19 marks the one-year anniversary of the publication of “Amoris Laetitia,” the apostolic exhortation promulgated by Pope Francis after the close of the latest session of the Synod of Bishops. For some, this anniversary is celebratory, a reminder of the synod’s prayerful study of the mission and vocation of the family. For others, it calls attention to what they see as the document’s dangerous ambiguities, particularly as they pertain to the pastoral care of Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried.

For all Catholics, however, the anniversary and, specifically, the disparate reactions “Amoris Laetitia” continues to produce within the church—including among those with responsibility for the church’s governance—pose an important question: How free are Catholics to disagree with a teaching of the church? Some go further and use a more technical, and at that, a more provocative term: Is dissent permitted in the church?

Source:  America Magazine

Two Short Gay Catholic Whatnot Notes: An Apology (Mine) And Possible Specifics (Yours)

LOL what a terrible title.

Okay, so I did a couple speaking engagements last week, including one at the Catholic University of America (go whatever their mascot is! Doves?). At CUA I got a couple questions which I didn’t think I answered well, and which are general enough that I think it makes sense to say something about them on the blog.

One guy connected my general support for Pope Francis’s call for the Church to apologize to gay people with something I said in this Atlantic piece: “I even loved [the Church’s] tabloid, gutter-punching side, the way Catholics tend to mix ourselves up in politics and art and pop culture. (I love that side a little less now, but it’s necessary.)” So he basically asked, Is there anything in the Church’s political participation around gay rights that you think should be repented and apologized for?

Source: Eve Tushnet, at Patheos

Gay marriage (in church) a step closer in Scotland

SIX of the seven diocesan synods of the Scottish Episcopal Church have voted in favour of a proposal to amend canon law to allow clerics to conduct marriages for same-sex couples in church, it was confirmed this week. Only the diocesan synod of Aberdeen & Orkney voted against the change.

A first reading of the motion to remove from Canon 31 the doctrinal statement that marriage is to be understood as a union “of one man and one woman” was passed by the Church’s General Synod, last …

Source: Church Times

Four Years Later, What to Make of Pope Francis and LGBT Issues? – Bondings 2.0

Today is the fourth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election, a moment for taking stock of what he has accomplished, is doing, and hopes to achieve in his remaining years. Francis’ record on gender and sexuality issues is mixed, but his larger efforts to help the church more fully receive Vatican II and to reform the Curia may be better places for LGBT Catholics and their allies to focus.

carroll-popefrancisandhisimplicitrevolution-1200Joshua J. McElwee, the National Catholic Reporter’s correspondent in Rome, reported on what he sees as five of the pope’s great achievements. To progressives who are critical of the pontiff, McElwee said Francis’ record is “revolutionary” and should be celebrated. Whether one agrees with that assessment or not, McElwee’s points are worth highlighting with an eye on LGBT issues:

Source: – Bondings 2.0

Global Jesuit leader says women’s inclusion in church structures ‘has not yet arrived’ | National Catholic Reporter

The new leader of the global Jesuit order has said the Catholic church should recognize that women are still not allowed to have a full participatory role in the church’s structures.

Jesuit Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, a Venezuelan who was elected the superior general of the Society of Jesus in October, said March 8 that while Pope Francis has acknowledged that women play a “fundamental role” in passing on the faith they are not yet fully included in church governance.

“Pope Francis has been quite outspoken about women making decisions and holding responsibility in the church,” said Sosa, speaking at the annual Voices of Faith event for International Women’s Day at the Vatican’s Casina Pio IV.

“He has also created a study commission on the women’s diaconate to explore the history and role of women in this church structure,” Sosa continued. “But if we are honest, we acknowledge that the fullness of women’s participation in the church has not yet arrived.”

Source:  National Catholic Reporter

A heartfelt look at how evangelical gays are finding their place – The Washington Post

There will be no Academy Award for young filmmaker Stephen Cone’s considerable achievement: Best Movie Depiction of the Evangelical Subculture Without Lampooning It. Cone’s small, heartfelt film, “The Wise Kids” (available on Netflix and iTunes), gives conservative Christians a largely sympathetic but sharp-eyed treatment. Evangelical Christians will find the music familiar. Also, the propensity to end discussions with: “I’ll send you the verse.” And the tendency of evangelical youth to end public prayers: “In Your awesome, holy, amazing, awesome, awesome name we pray.”

But the movie is important because it depicts a traditional religious community in the midst of a moral earthquake. The film’s protagonist (Tim) is a gay, Christian high school senior and not particularly anguished about the whole thing. In part, this reflects Cone’s own experience as the gay son of a Southern Baptist preacher in South Carolina, which was considerably less traumatic than you might imagine. “At the age of 12,” Cone told me, “I wanted to see ‘Philadelphia’ [a groundbreaking movie about a gay man with AIDS], and my dad took me. Afterward, there were no lessons offered, no discussion of immorality. He just let it be.”

Source: A heartfelt look at how evangelical gays are finding their place – The Washington Post