Fr. James Martin: Some Saints Were “Probably Gay” and Will Greet You in Heaven – Bondings 2.0

There are Catholic saints who were “probably gay,” said Jesuit Fr. James Martin, the well-known author, against online commenters critical of Bishop John Stowe’s attendance at New Ways Ministry’s Symposium two weeks ago.

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 3.34.33 PMMartin posted a news story to his Facebook page about spiritual reflections Stowe gave at the Symposium. The priest, who has more than a half million followers online, commented on the story, “Another sign of welcome and building bridges.”

But some followers were critical of Stowe and Martin. Walter Maczynski said, “Any canonized saints would not be impressed.” That is when Martin offered his powerful reply:

“Some of them were probably gay. A certain percentage of humanity is gay, and so were most likely some of the saints. You may be surprised when you get to heaven to be greeted by LGBT men and women.”Source: – Bondings 2.0

Go out now, share the Gospel, get messy, pope tells Quebec bishops | National Catholic Reporter

VATICAN CITY

Without waiting for some well-researched, detailed plan with action items and measurable goals, Catholics in Quebec must go out and share the Gospel, Pope Francis told the bishops of the province.

Meeting the 29 bishops of Quebec May 11, Francis said, “You’ve got to go, and it’s going to be messy,” according to Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, former president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The role of women in the church, he said, was discussed “in the context of where is the Spirit pushing the church.” Francis told them it is “vital” that more women be involved, including in decision making, “but the problem is that we cannot reduce it just to a question of function” — offices they can and cannot hold — although that is important, too.

“He was very clear that we need to bring the voice of women into the responsibility structures of the church,” the archbishop said.

Source: Go out now, share the Gospel, get messy, pope tells Quebec bishops | National Catholic Reporter

Pope: Spirit helps church see mortal sin in slavery, death penalty | CNS top stories

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Faith is a journey guided by the Holy Spirit, who helps the church grow in understanding the sinful nature of once-accepted practices like slavery and the death penalty, Pope Francis said.

While people once even used religious reasons to justify practices such as slavery, the death penalty and “wars of religion,” over time the Holy Spirit has deepened the church’s understanding of the Gospel, the pope said May 11 in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Slavery “is a mortal sin; today we say this. Back then, some would say that this could be done because these people did not have a soul!” he said. The number of people enslaved today is “even more, but at least we know that it is a mortal sin. The same goes for the death penalty; for a time, it was normal. Today, we say that the death penalty is inadmissible.”

Source: CNS top stories

Scottish School Apology Is a Model for the Church – Bondings 2.0

In Scotland, a Catholic secondary school official responded in an extremely appropriate and effective way when anti-gay leaflets were discovered on campus: he apologized to the students.

Glasgow’s Herald newspaper reported that when Stephen Phee, the Head teacher (chief administrator) at St. Mungo’s school, Falkirk, was informed of the leaflets’ existence by the student who discovered them, he immediately offered an apology. The student, Aidan Callaghan, said:

“Mr. Phee apologised straight away and said they shouldn’t have been there, and he would investigate how they got there.”

Source:  Bondings 2.0

N.J. cardinal offers historic welcome to LGBT community | Faith Matters | NJ.com

Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

David Harvie was at a regional meeting in Brooklyn of the Interparish Collaborative, a group of about 15 Catholic parishes in the tri-state area that minister to the LGBT community.  He was seated next to Redemptorist Father Francis Gargani and talked about how there are so many beautiful church edifices that deserve to be seen.

“I am a church architecture geek,” Harvie said, mentioning, for example, the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

Gargani, who resides at the Redemptorist Provincial House in Brooklyn, said he would bring it up to the new Archbishop of Newark, Joseph Cardinal Tobin, also a Redemptorist, who was coming to dinner the next evening.

Soon after, Harvie would get the green light to have an LGBT pilgrimage to the cathedral on Sunday, May 21, with a Mass that Gargani will say in Our Lady Chapel, followed by a tour of the cathedral.

Source: N.J. cardinal offers historic welcome to LGBT community | Faith Matters | NJ.com

Church of Ireland faces north-south divide over gay marriage stance – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

A north-south divide emerged within the Church of Ireland last night as Synod members voted down a proposal to change its attitude to same-sex unions.

The annual gathering rejected the motion to soften its stance and understanding on same-sex marriage, and its relationships with members of the gay and lesbian community. However it has tasked the Bishops with examining the further theological differences, with a view to proposing a way forward.

After a wide ranging and moving two-hour debate at the annual meeting in Limerick, the governing General Synod voted by 176 to 146 to reject the motion, which was aimed at developing a public thanksgiving service for legally married same-sex couples. There were 24 abstentions.

Source:  BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

New Ways Ministry sees ‘hope and frustration’ for LGBT Catholics | National Catholic Reporter

New Ways Ministry, the 40-year-old advocacy group for LGBT Catholics, brought its eighth national symposium here April 28-30 with what one presenter called feelings of both “hope and frustration.”

The conference highlighted the sense of optimism that under the leadership of Pope Francis there was reason to hope for a lessening of discrimination towards gays and an advancement of their civil rights within the church.

“Pope Francis has unlocked a new era of openness and dialogue on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender topics,” New Ways Ministry’s executive director, Frank DeBernardo told some 300 attendees. Still injustices abound.

Source: National Catholic Reporter