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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.