It was touching to see politicians including House Speaker John Boehner shed tears listening to the Pope's sermon. But it's unlikely the Pontiff's stirring words will be taken to heart by the Speaker and his fellow narrow-minded conservatives, who for years have hid under the cloak of God in perpetrating a self-serving, elitist and decidedly unchristian-like extremist political agenda.
The United States this past June did something that the Catholic Church and the Vatican have for years railed against: granted marriage equality to its gay and lesbian citizens. Yet, Pope Francis had nothing to say about it. Not then and not now.
The city, quite literally, is stopped for days for this event. Despite media reports of excitement, many Philadelphians are less-than-thrilled about this Pope-pocalypse and the disruption it is causing the city and its citizens.
Pope Francis and Donald Trump are savvy politicians, whose contrasting styles of rhetoric and tone have made them two of the best showmen/salesmen of the 21st Century.
It is ironic, bordering on demagogic, how Republicans pick and choose what parts of the constitution they fetishize!
In spite of all of the hopeful frenzy among the LGBT Catholic community about what the Pope may or may not say while on the gayest island anywhere other than Fire Island in July, I confess I remained circumspect.
It is well beyond time that the lgbt community recognize and call out this ridiculous Kim Davis drama for what it is - merely a sideshow to cover up the fact that the overall case against marriage equality was nothing more than a pitiful delusion.
The highest among our responsibilities is to treat others with dignity and respect, especially those who have a subaltern position in the construct of civilization (aka "the world"). I don't believe anyone has to share my faith to be pro-life in the same way I am. But that is in large part what motivates me to be pro-life
Because the bill is harmful and because the Legislature could very well pass it, we're taking it seriously. The week of September 21, we have scheduled POWER Team training sessions in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Memphis and Knoxville with more to follow soon in Johnson City and Clarksville.
How do we stop being complicit in the harm to innumerable LGBT youths done by the teachings of our Church? How do we create an environment in our parishes and our schools that help parents love and accept their LGBT children?
Appearing on Hardball hosted by Chris Matthews immediately after the Republican debate, former Senator Rick Santorum revealed some strange contortions regarding his understanding of the constitution
Laurie Rubin, who has been blind since birth, has had her share of challenges, and is no stranger to discrimination. This week, the internationally acclaimed opera singer debuts an inspiring new musical, which she has co-written, on September 18, at the Japanese Cultural Arts Center, Los Angeles.
While I am in no way suggesting that we should not work very hard and carefully to maintain freedom of religion, acknowledging that bad decisions in either direction can have dire consequences, the rhetoric of persecution being thrown around is not only false, it is offensive.
From immigration to foreign policy, the GOP, via its field of presidential candidates, has shown it is as extreme as ever. And, no matter the pundits' claims or the hopes of some gay activists, that holds true on LGBT rights as well.
Employers have successfully balanced such competing rights by providing religious accommodations for their employees while ensuring that services were otherwise provided. However, when such conscientious refusals involve marriage licenses, providing accommodations does not always work.