The invention of ‘heterosexuality’

The 1901 Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defined heterosexuality as an “abnormal or perverted appetite toward the opposite sex.” More than two decades later, in 1923, Merriam Webster’s dictionary similarly defined it as “morbid sexual passion for one of the opposite sex.” It wasn’t until 1934 that heterosexuality was graced with the meaning we’re familiar with today: “manifestation of sexual passion for one of the opposite sex; normal sexuality.”

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German bishop urges church debate on blessing same-sex unions | National Catholic Reporter

OSNABRUK, GERMANY — The vice president of the German bishops’ conference has urged a debate on whether Catholic clergy should bless same-sex unions.

“I’m concerned with fundamental questions of how we deal with each other; although ‘marriage for all’ differs clearly from the church’s concept of marriage, it’s now a political reality,” said Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabruck.

“We have to ask ourselves how we’re encountering those who form such relationships and are also involved in the church, how we’re accompanying them pastorally and liturgically.”

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Church Faces “Galileo Moment” on Homosexuality Says Bishop – New Ways Ministry

A New Zealand Catholic bishop has said the Church faces a “Galileo moment” on homosexuality, one being led by young people. Other prelates in the country have opined on LGBT issues as well while speaking at workshops for youth, exhibitiing the dialogical Church called for by Vatican II and sought by Pope Francis.

Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton said it is youth and young adults who are leading the church on LGBT issues. NZ Catholic reported that he told the audience at the Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival, where three bishops each gave a workshop:

“‘I think young people are prophets of the Church. They always have something to say to the Church. And that’s what has come up. Young people want the Church to be more engaging with them (LGBT people),” [Lowe] said.

“He said the issue of homosexuality may be a ‘Galileo moment’ for the Church.

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Sr Jeannine Grammick, reporting on the “Rolling the Stone Away” conference to remember the history of the LGBT movement and to look toward future needs:

But it was a remark by Rev. Nancy Wilson, the former Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Church, which stayed with me and sparked some serious reflection. When I met Nancy, she greeted me enthusiastically, saying, “Years ago, when I read about your situation, I knew the sisters were on our side!” I have since thought about Nancy’s words, and I believe she was right on target.

My LGBT ministry was certainly not “mine.” It belonged to “the sisters.” My congregational leaders had vision, imagination and foresight. They were readers, thinkers and women of action who tapped into needs that had been too long neglected by our church. From the 1970s, three successive provincial leaders of the School Sisters of Notre Dame assigned me to lesbian/gay ministry. (At that time, there was no discussion or awareness of transgender issues in the Catholic community.)

Knighthood given to Church of Scotland Reverend who rallied for gay inclusion · PinkNews

A knighthood has been awarded to a reverend who has been instrumental in helping the Church of Scotland battle homophobia.

The Very Reverend Professor Iain Torrance will be given a knighthood for his work in enabling the Church to perform same-sex marriages as well as paving the way for the institution to formally apologise to gay people who have been discriminated against in its practice.

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Hong Kong priest cancels Christmas mass for LGBT community after Catholic Church warns of gay ‘sinfulness’ | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

A Hong Kong priest cancelled a midnight mass for a Christian LGBT group during Christmas after the local diocese told him that homosexuality was “sinful”.

Compassion HK LGBTQ Catholics Union said it was informed by the priest – at the last minute – that he could not conduct the ceremony for around 30 attendees, after receiving a telephone call from Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha.

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The replacement Christmas ceremony. Photo: Compassion: HK LGBTQ Catholics Union via Facebook.

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The Best Catholic LGBT News Events of 2017 – New Ways Ministry

In the second part of Bondings 2.0’s year-end review of Catholic LGBT news events, today we present our readers’ picks for the 10 best stories of the past 12 months.   We presented our readers with a poll of 15 nominees, asked them to vote for five, as well as offer any additional stories. The ten that made the “best” list are the highest vote-getters, with number one being the most popular, and the list decreasing in descending order.  The percentage at the end of each item is the percent of votes that the item received.

Following the list are some observations about the results.

We also asked readers to vote for the worst news events of the year.  We presented the results of that poll yesterday.

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Senior CofE bishop to front campaign for LGBT inclusion | Christian News on Christian Today

One of the Church of England’s senior bishops has acknowledged the Church may never agree on gay marriage, but said it may be possible for individual priests and bishops to be given ‘discretion’ as to the ‘kind of welcome that can be offered’ to gay people.

The Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Rev Paul Bayes, is to chair a new charity aimed at promoting greater acceptance of LGBT people by working with religious organisations around the world. He has said

He has been named as chair of the Ozanne Foundation, whose director Jayne Ozanne is a high-profile Anglican activist for LGBT inclusivity. In July Ozanne introduced a motion to the CofE’s General Synod calling for a ban on gay ‘conversion therapy’.

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Cardinal voices openness to re-introducing women deacons – La Croix International

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Cardinal Christoph Schönborn OP has voiced cautious openness towards re-introducing the female diaconate in the Western Church, saying it was once a centuries-long tradition and continued to be practiced in the East.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Austrian daily Wiener Zeitung on April 8th in the run-up to Easter, the cardinal said the fact that women were ordained deacons in the West up to the Middle Ages should give the Latin-rite Church food for thought.

“The big theological question is, of course, what sort of ordination this was and what consequences one can draw from this today,” said the cardinal, a noted theologian and member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans).

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