Fired Philadelphia teacher delivers petition, seeking to be reinstated

Can you say “photo op”? From Philly.com: Margie Winters, accompanied by about 50 supporters and carrying a box of petitions signed by 23,000 people who want her reinstated as a Catholic school educator, could not get in the front door. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Center City offices were on lockdown Monday afternoon. A security guard [Read More...]

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New York Times: Gay, transgender Catholics urge Pope Francis to take a stand

From this morning’s paper:  Lui Akira Francesco Matsuo said he was standing in line for communion one Sunday at his Roman Catholic church in Detroit when a fellow parishioner pulled him aside: Didn’t he know that the archbishop had just urged supporters of same-sex marriage not to take communion? Mr. Matsuo, who is transgender, left and never [Read More...]

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Meanwhile, over at the Episcopal Church …

… they have their own headaches:  An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man. The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, announced over Facebook last week that he [Read More...]

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Is the Archdiocese of Washington about to extend benefits to same sex spouses?

This email arrived in my inbox this morning: I recently read on The Church Militant website that the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. is planning to extend employment benefits to spouses of same sex couples employed in the diocese. I would love to see your thoughts on this on the blog. First question is: Why is [Read More...]

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Chaput: school showed “character and common sense” in firing lesbian

Yesterday, he released a statement responding to the Catholic school’s firing of a lesbian religion teacher. From Philly.com:  Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Monday that the Mercy Sisters who run Waldron Mercy Academy showed “character and common sense” in firing a lesbian teacher who has been married since 2007. In his first direct comment [Read More...]

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Lesbian married to a woman dismissed from Philadelphia Catholic school — UPDATED

From Philly.com:  A religious education director at a Montgomery County Catholic school—Waldron Mercy Academy—has been dismissed because, parents say, she is lesbian wedded to a woman. Many parents have voiced support for the educator, Margie Winters, director of religious education and outreach, calling her “inspirational” and “dedicated.” Now they’re directing their ire not at the school [Read More...]

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Entire county clerk’s staff resigns rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses

From The Jackson Sun:  The three officers in the Decatur County Clerk’s Office have resigned from their positions because of their opposition to the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, a county official said today. According to Decatur County Commissioner David Boroughs, County Clerk Gwen Pope and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler have all [Read More...]

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Chairman of Fordham’s theology department marries another man — UPDATED

Somehow, I missed this little item in last Sunday’s New York Times. A reader sent it my way: Patrick Anthony Bergquist and J. Patrick Hornbeck II were married Saturday in Manhattan. The Rev. Matthew J. Moretz performed the ceremony at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, where he is an associate rector. Mr. Bergquist, 35, is the [Read More...]

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From Canada, a pastor offers advice to the U.S. on same sex marriage

View image | gettyimages.com From Carey Nieuwhof:  I write from the perspective of a pastor of an evangelical church in a country where same sex-marriage has been the law of the land for a decade. That does not mean I hold any uniquely deep wisdom, but it does mean we’ve had a decade to process and pray [Read More...]

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The viewpoint that dare not speak its name

View image | gettyimages.com Someone mentioned this bit of news to me tonight. I didn’t believe it. But it’s true:  The editorial board of PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. is taking a hardcore stance against those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage. “As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer [Read More...]

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