Michael Sam reveals he proposed to his boyfriend at St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica by Wolfgang Stuck / Wikipedia From The Daily Mail:  He made headlines the world over by coming out earlier last year, and then even more by kissing his boyfriend on live TV. Now Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has taken another leap of confidence [Read More...]

Diocese dismisses substitute teacher after he announces gay marriage plans

From The Charlotte Catholic News Herald: A retired dramatics teacher from Charlotte Catholic High School has been told he cannot work as a substitute teacher at the school after he publicly announced he is planning to marry his same-sex partner later this year. Lonnie H. Billard, who had signed up to be a substitute teacher [Read More...]

A deacon writes: “We have learned that being transgender is not synonymous with being homosexual”

You may remember the link I posted several days back, about a Florida deacon who wrote about accepting his LGBT child. Deacon Ray Dever dropped me a cordial and appreciative email over the weekend. But he took issue with how his essay was framed. Among other things, he made this distinction: You responded to my [Read More...]

Archbishop threatens to fire staff who support same-sex marriage—UPDATED

Kathy Schiffer has the scoop:  Archbishop Thomas Wenski, archbishop of Miami, has warned archdiocesan employees that any action in support of Florida’s now-legal same-sex marriage could cost them their jobs. “Because of the Church’s particular function in society,” the archbishop wrote, “certain conduct, inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, [Read More...]

A deacon writes about his LGBT son

I can’t recall reading anything by a member of Catholic clergy on this particular subject that is this personal. In the blog of New Ways Ministry, Deacon Ray Dever describes his son coming out, and what followed: Our journey has probably not been very different than the journey of any family with an LGBTQ child. [Read More...]

Knights of Columbus council reverses course, agrees to host same-sex wedding reception

Photo: Knights of Columbus #934 / Facebook Details:  Back in September, Alexandria Marie Shields and Taylor Butcher booked the Knights of Columbus hall in Madison, Indiana for the reception that will follow their upcoming wedding ceremony. On Monday, Knights of Columbus Council 934 called the couple to tell them it was refunding their deposit as [Read More...]

Belgian bishop calls for “formal recognition” of same-sex couples

Photo by Carolus / via Wikipedia From The International Business Times:  A Catholic bishop in Belgium has called for ecclesiastical recognition of same-sex couples within the Roman Catholic Church. Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, shared his thoughts in an interview for De Morgen, a Belgian newspaper, on Dec. 27. “Indeed, we need to seek a [Read More...]

For first time, Boston will admit gay group to St. Patrick’s Day parade

First New York. Now, Boston. From the AP:  For the first time in its history, the sponsors of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will allow a group representing the gay community to participate, drawing cheers from Mayor Martin Walsh, who boycotted the event last year over the exclusion. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which has long [Read More...]

Fired gay teacher in Ohio reaches settlement with Catholic school

You may remember this story.  The update, from a Columbus TV station:   A teacher who was fired from a central Ohio Catholic school after her homosexuality was made public has agreed with the Columbus Diocese that she will not return to her former job. The law firm representing former Bishop Watterson High School teacher Carla [Read More...]

Students at Catholic school rally to support fired gay teacher

A followup on a story from last month, in the Los Angeles Times:  Students rallied Thursday at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora to support a gay teacher who was fired after he married his partner. Ken Bencomo, 45, of Rancho Cucamonga, was fired from his teaching position at the Catholic girls school after photos [Read More...]