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WATCH: Howard Bragman's 'Gwissues' Tackles Catholicism And The LGBT Community

Howard Bragman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Howard Bragman

In the latest episode, I and guest panelists Jim Smith (program manager of Dignity USA), Mike Moroski (equal rights activist) and Brent Childers (executive director of Faith in America) discuss hopes for a new, reformed pope and how Catholicism plays a role within the LGBT community.

The Pope And Renouncing My MBA From Assumption College

Kel Kelly | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Kel Kelly

I received an MBA from Assumption College in the spring of 1993, and it is with absolute clarity that I formally renounce my Assumption MBA. Based on the Pope's recent egregious accusations about gay people and gay marriage, I can no longer have any affiliation in my life to the Catholic Church.

Holy Father: The Time Has Come for a Dialogue on LGBT People

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

Through his comments it is clear that the Pope has likely never met a committed same-sex couple.

A Catholic Reflection On HIV/AIDS And The Call To Love

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

As Catholics, we need only follow our faith and the conscience that guides it, to realize that World AIDS Day is an opportunity, and a call, for us to exercise faith in action.

Progressive Catholics Fighting For Marriage Equality

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

Not only do statistics show more than half of American Roman Catholics support marriage equality -- against their hierarch's narrow views -- but we have thriving Catholic denominations that officially support equality from the laity all the way to the episcopacy.

Why Not Wear Purple On Friday?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

If you wait to work for a cause until you're working with people who agree with you on everything, you'll wait forever, and the injustice will continue. So why not do something simple to show compassion for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters?

Will Your Catholic Parish Stand Up Against Bullying?

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 12.04.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

This request is not political; rather, this is a request for displayed compassion that will allow LGBT youth to know they are loved and created in the image of God.

Vatican II: A Call To Break Down Barriers

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

We should look to the Second Vatican Council for guidance and wisdom as we seek to make our house a place where no door is ever locked, but only awaiting a knock.

Nowhere Man

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Carol Muske-Dukes

The name Nienstedt, which translated is something like "no town," could perhaps be more liberally rendered as "nowhere." Thus, I'd like to suggest that the title "Nowhere Man" is as fitting as "Crusader" for the Archbishop and could perhaps be added to his titles.

Catholicism's Fortnight Identity Crisis

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

As Fortnight for Freedom begins, we can only hope that this great period of prayer and reflection will lead the Catholic Church to see that this quest for "religious freedom" should be a call for the Church itself to examine its own understanding of human liberty and dignity.

Live Through Love: An Open Letter To Bishop Joseph R. Cistone

Dominic Sheahan-Stahl | Posted 07.15.2012 | Religion
Dominic Sheahan-Stahl

You have been cited as being distressed that people are being hurt through this process. It is true. Of all those hurt, the most harm has come to the youth in Mount Pleasant who are still struggling to figure out who they are.

A Real Conversation For The Rest Of Us Catholics

Michael Pettinger | Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

If we want to practice "reconciliation for the sake of mission," we first have to acknowledge the people with whom we need to be reconciled.

When Jesus Met Homeless LGBT Youth

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

I hope you will join me, and nearly 2,000 other people of faith, in asking Cardinal Dolan to follow the humble example of a man who nearly 2,000 years ago stopped ignoring a woman because of laws, turned to her, listened and witnessed the great faith she exhibited.

The Pulpit vs. The Pews: A Call To Action For All Catholics

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

As Catholics speak out and call upon the Church to live out its call to be a beacon of social justice and love, those in the hierarchy will begin to see another way in which Christ has risen -- he has risen from the silence and has cried out for equality.

Austrian Cardinal Makes Surprising Pro-Gay Decision

AP | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion

VIENNA -- Austria's cardinal has overruled one of his priests and is allowing a gay Catholic to serve on a parish council. Florian Stangl lives in a ...

Father 'No Communion For You!' Not The Whole Story

John Shore | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
John Shore

You've likely heard the story of Barbara Johnson, who was denied holy communion by the priest officiating at the funeral of her beloved mother. But that priest is the sole villainous Catholic in a story starring a great many heroes.

Same-Sex Marriage IS Dangerous -- To Church Workers

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 04.17.2012 | Religion
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

I admire couples who decide that their love and commitment are worthy of all the legal protections available to them, and who pave the way for those behind them no matter the cost.

LISTEN: Gay Catholic Group Responds To Pope's Homophobic Comments

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 03.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I found the pope's remarks so appalling that I immediately contacted Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, the nation's leading LGBT Catholic organization, to get her spin on this attack against our families.

Laying Down The Law

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.10.2012 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Amid the current controversy of Cardinal Francis George comparing the gay liberation movement to the KKK, I pulled out an essay from 1986 for you to determine whether much has really changed in the Catholic Church.

Why Cardinal George Can Say Such Outrageous Things

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 03.09.2012 | Religion
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

Change must come from a rejection of current structures and the empowerment of Catholic lay people.

Redefining Courage: What The New Apostolate For LGBT Catholics Gets Wrong

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 03.06.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

Courage is an apostolate that "ministers to persons with same-sex attraction and their loved ones." Lay people may conclude that Courage is the only option for LGBT Catholics. This couldn't be further from the truth.

Cardinal George Stands By KKK Comparison Amid Calls For Resignation

Posted 12.29.2011 | Chicago

Though he has come under fire by LGBT advocates over a comment he recently made comparing Gay Pride Parade organizers to "something like the Ku Klux K...

An Open Letter to the President of the US Catholic Bishops: Making Public Policy on LGBT People? Talk to Us First

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 01.15.2012 | Religion
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

If the US Catholic bishops wish to have a credible, respected voice in ministering to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender you need to begin to listen to us.

If Only The Hierarchs Would Listen And Learn

John Falcone | Posted 01.14.2012 | Religion
John Falcone

In a church that defines "the few and the proud" as its straight male celibate clergy, power gets tangled with maleness. But the clergy's desire for power animates an unseemly dance of dominance, submission and career advancement.

More Than A Monologue: Sexual Diversity And The Catholic Church

John Falcone | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
John Falcone

On the neuralgic topic of sexual diversity, the Catholic Church appears to be a community dramatically out of synch. Its impetus towards Jesus-like ministry is matched with a powerful political fear of moral contagion.