A small step, but significant and important symbolically. Now we need to see this replicated elsewhere.
Pope Francis has appointed two Italian women as under-secretaries in the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, which is headed by Cardinal Kevin Farrell.
The Vatican announced this today and gave the names and professional profiles of both women: Professor Gabriella Gambino and Dr. Linda Ghisoni. They now become the third ranking officials in the department and are further evidence of Pope Francis’ determination to assign important positions in the Roman Curia to women.
Both women have already collaborated professionally with the Pontifical Council for the Laity from 2013 to 2016, so they can hit the ground running, so to speak.
Source: America Magazine
Is it possible to engage on faith issues in dialogue with queerness? Yes, absolutely! And I’ve seen it happen in my own native South Afrika.
Back in 1995, Pieter Oberholzer, a gay minister, was engaged in a deep struggle about his sexuality with his church. The church refused to ordain him, just as it has rejected many of us who wanted to become its ministers. It was then that Oberholzer started a group called Gay and Lesbian Christian Outreach in Cape Town. He took as his point of departure, the understanding that all human beings have the capacity to live in love, peace and harmony together.
The start-up of the outreach which later became Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM) was founded within a South Afrikan political context that was racially charged with segregation. Oberholzer’s primary goal was to get the churches to engage in the life stories of gay people.
It is 2017, and up to date we have been able to partner with nine Afrikan countries to work on queer issues that relate to Christian spirituality and how we integrate it into our daily lives.
How did four queer and trans young adults end up running a retreat house and farm in the middle of Appalachia? The answer to this question can be found in an unusual story of how Catholics who live the church’s social justice tradition are helping to preserve natural resources while standing up for LGBTQ equality.
The Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) has been educating, advocating and raising a prophetic voice for social, economic and environmental justice in the mountains since 1970. Yet, our organization had not focused any efforts on LGBTQ issues until 2013 when we began preparing to write a “people’s pastoral,” The Telling Takes Us Home: Taking our Place in the Stories that Shape Us. Research for this groundbreaking document gave due credence to the “magisterium of the poor.” We conducted over 1,000 listening sessions with those on the margins.
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