The Catholic churches teaching as well as conservative Christian church teachings regarding homosexuality are causing harm to those who are struggling with their sexual identity.
They say two LGBTQ groups in Boston were invited to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade this year. Progress is measured in years. We can't always see it. It moves too slow at times. But this year, I can certainly attest -- with the changes on parade, the long road to equality has dutifully risen to meet me.
There are over 50 million Roman Catholics in the United States alone which is an impressive number despite the Protestant impetus that shaped and defined our country.
Pope Francis is trending as the model for transforming corporate cultures through humble leadership. His actions and words are "liked" on Facebook and hashtagged on Twitter as guideposts for a new business model.
I am not suggesting that we just suppose that everyone around us can be trusted and we need not worry about our personal safety or the security of personal belongings. But I do propose giving up the practice of focusing on the faults of other people and, instead, looking for their good qualities.
Through such questions easily identifiable stereotypes emerge and harden: conservative Catholics are more comfortable with Church teaching on sexuality; liberal Catholics are more comfortable with Catholic social teaching.
Pope Francis needs to do more than simply author apostolic exhortations and encyclicals, or replace Western Cardinals and Bishops with non-Western Cardinals and Bishops. Now the laity who are energized by Pope Francis' reform need him to use his pen.
I wonder if we can get something a little more complex and interesting from reflecting on the whole incident beyond simply reaffirming our own preexisting propensity to either condemn or congratulate.
Gasps were heard and tears were seen when Pastor Kevin Madigan informed parishioners this past Sunday at each Mass that their church was likely to close next August.
Toward the end of the campaign, in a series of targeted, lightly publicized meetings, Cuomo's top legislative priority emerged. It is rewarding campaign donors and block voting by religious communities with a back-door school vouchers plan for private and religious schools.
Oregon's death with dignity is not about the freedom to choose death; it is about recognizing the reality that death comes and that we can take medically appropriate steps to make that death as painless and dignified as possible.
In terms of God's justice, we may have moved too slow and too late but we kept moving. And it's taken us nearly 40 years. Forty years of steps forward and steps back. But we've kept on moving ... and after nearly 40 years in the wilderness I do believe we can see the Promised Land of full inclusion on the horizon.
Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.
I will admit that not all members of the Israeli establishment viewed Patriarch Sabbah as a peacemaker. However, I always encountered him as a man of peace and dialogue, and have always had great respect for his leadership.
People around the world are suffering more now than at any time in my lifetime, and probably much longer. But the peoples of the world, including we who live in and love the United States, have become increasingly permissive and secular.