For those of us outside the institutional Church, who nevertheless hope for it to grow out of the era of scandal and focus on its great good works, Francis is fast becoming a beacon of hope.
Where to go when in search of a LGBTQ-friendly higher power? Believe it or not, they are out there, but you have to know where to look, and how to peel away layer upon layer of spin doctoring to get to the fundamental truths.
Stretching back to the Apostle Peter, the papacy has been a near constant superpower that has outlived empires, survived world wars and shaped western history perhaps more than any other office. An incredible list of men have held the highest position of the Catholic church.
What Nikos Kazantzakis did to de-sanctify Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ, Colm Toibin has done for the Madonna in The Testament of Mary -- with, predictably, the some outraged response from various Catholic Church officials.
This work is a 343 page offering that with a flick of a switch floods light onto the dark side of the sex abuse scandals within the Catholic Church.
he abashed cardinal attributed his mischievous deed to "too many spaghetti Westerns." As penance, he is required to give up both spaghetti and Westerns.
You've seen it in pictures. You've read about it in clever, witty blogs. But you can't fully appreciate the majesty of human endeavor until you see the Colosseum through your own eyes. Avanti!
He and his Church are not exactly the problem, and even less the solution. A hypothetical acceptance of same-sex marriage by the Roman Catholic Church will fail to provide what same-sex lovers need from spiritual leaders.
Leaders in both institutions are fooling themselves if they think that merely presenting diverse faces and voices and using simple language to reach "normal people" will lead them to victory.
As a gay dad, and a professional, I thought it would be fitting to send a note of congratulations. Our note includes a suggested four point plan based on the principles that I have used with my sons, and that they have found effective.
While bankers, lawyers and religious people all turned towards the big screen, this man was left alone with his child. I don't know what he was thinking. I don''t care.
It's a long shot but if this column reaches Rome, I have a few suggestions for Francis since I am continually tinkering with my own website. Your Holiness, I just want to ensure your site is not only informative, but cutting edge, proactive and profitable.
We will watch closely as this milestone papacy unfolds, but I am optimistic that Francis will champion the need for access to education that prepares ethical leaders.
Why did Pope Francis, as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, rail against gays in such a bigoted way after he was unsuccessful in getting support for civil unions in Argentina? Because one doesn't become pope by doing otherwise.
I might not believe in God, but I believe that Catholics and atheists can work together just as all of humanity can work together towards equality and justice when we put the needs of modern people first and the arcane doctrine second.