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...]

Report: German bishops to vote on “hidden bombshell”

From The National Catholic Register:  In the latest in a series of attempts by German bishops to align Church teaching with secular values, a sub-committee of the German episcopal conference is planning to amend Church labor law to allow Church employees who are homosexual or divorced and civilly remarried to work in ecclesiastical institutions. Until now, those [Read More...]

New York Catholic high school changes course, cancels film shoot with gay theme

Details: A Catholic boys’ school has reversed its permission to allow civil rights drama Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page as a lesbian couple, to shoot on location in New York State. Salesian high school in New Rochelle, New York, had been expected to double for a town hall in Ocean County, New Jersey, where Moore’s [Read More...]

Survey: young U.S. Catholics “overwhelmingly” accept homosexuality

The Pew Research Center finds a link between their latest survey and what they perceive as the Catholic Church’s shifting stance on gays as reported in the synod now underway in Rome. Details:  Fully 85% of self-identified Catholics ages 18-29 said in a 2014 Pew Research Center survey that homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with [Read More...]

From the synod: was something lost in translation?

Here’s an interesting take on the relatio, from Catholic News Agency:  An incorrect translation into English of the original midterm report of the Synod on the Family may have spurred controversial interpretations of the document itself.The document’s original version was written in Italian, which Pope Francis directed to be used as the official language of [Read More...]

AP: Religious groups to seek exemptions that would allow them to refuse service to gays

Details:  Alarmed by the broad expansion of same-sex marriage set in motion by the U.S. Supreme Court, religious conservatives are moving their fight to state legislatures — seeking exemptions that would allow some groups, companies and people with religious objections to refuse benefits or service for gay spouses. But winning sweeping carve-outs for faith-affiliated adoption [Read More...]

VIDEO: John Allen dissects what the synod document says about gays

Check it out here, from the PBS News Hour: [Read more...]

Cardinal: Catholic Church will never bless gay marriages

It sounds like he’s stating the obvious, but sometimes the obvious has to be stated. Details:  A leading Vatican cardinal said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage, wading into a controversy over the issue in Italy and other countries. On Tuesday, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano ordered mayors to stop recognizing the [Read More...]

“We didn’t start this fight, but we’re not going to cave in and back out of it”—UPDATED

A newspaper in Billings, Montana takes a closer look at the story of two gay men who were removed from ministry after they married each other.  Among other things, it reveals that one of the men is a former priest. Details:  The first thing you need to know about Tom Wojtowick and Paul Huff is [Read More...]

Priest removes married gay couple from parish ministry

From The Billings Gazette in Montana: On Aug. 6, four days after the Rev. Samuel Spiering arrived as the new administrator of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, he met with parishioner Paul Huff to ask him if he and his partner, Tom Wojtowick, had gotten married. After Huff confirmed the fact, the [Read More...]