Gay group to march in New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade—UPDATED

Details:  A gay group of employees from NBC will march in next year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade behind their own banner, a source with knowledge of the ongoing parade controversy has told the Irish Voice. On Wednesday, September 3, at a reception at the New York Athletic Club, Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be named [Read More...]

Another gay teacher reportedly fired from Catholic school over pregnancy

This time, in Michigan: A former chemistry teacher at a Catholic, all-girls high school in Bloomfield Hills said she was fired before the semester started because of her “non-traditional” pregnancy. Barbara Webb, 33, of Madison Heights said she’d worked for Marian High School for nine years, also coaching volleyball and softball and serving as student-government moderator. She [Read More...]

Farm fined for refusing to host gay wedding

Details, from Religion News Service:  Christian farm owners in upstate New York who declined a lesbian couple’s request to hold a wedding ceremony on their property have been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay the women $1,500 each.   Cynthia and Robert Gifford, who own Liberty Ridge Farm near Albany, rent their facilities for birthday parties and about a [Read More...]

Catholic school employs first openly gay high school coach in South Dakota

Details:  Nate Alfson will start practice Thursday as the returning coach of the Dell Rapids St. Mary girls volleyball team, he confirmed Tuesday night. Alfson, who announced he was gay last week on the website, met with St. Mary officials Tuesday afternoon and originally declined to comment on the meeting’s outcome. He told [Read More...]

A pastor presides at his son’s gay wedding, and pays the price—UPDATED

The story behind a case that made headlines a few months back, from The New York Times:  Father and son had always been close, from the moment Tim Schaefer was born, six weeks premature, with blood poisoning, a weak heart and lungs, and a doctor who thought he would not make it through the night. [Read More...]

“How do Christians respond to the transgender issue?”

A priest reader passed this along, noting:  Perhaps some of your readers, especially priests might benefit from it. Three years ago I had my first experience with this in confession. I was speechless during the face to face encounter. At the time, I truly felt horrible because in my mind I was thinking “what are [Read More...]

An estimated 5,000 gather for March for Marriage in Washington

Details:  Rita Alderete is single, but she values the idea of marriage being a relationship between one man and one woman. That’s why the young, diminutive pastor of the Kingdom Tabernacle of Worship church in Paterson, New Jersey, stood under overcast skies in hot, humid weather Thursday, preparing to “March for Marriage,” a now-annual rally [Read More...]

SF archbishop responds to critics on the March for Marriage

He has posted a letter on the archdiocesan website. He doesn’t mention his most prominent critic, Nancy Pelosi, but several others are named on the letterhead. The letter: Dear Fellow Citizens, Your letter sharing with me your thoughts on the upcoming “March for Marriage” in Washington, D.C., was forwarded to me while I was attending meetings [Read More...]

Students protest after Catholic school pulls yearbook picture of girl wearing tux

Details:  Hundreds of students at a San Francisco Catholic school wore ties to class Friday to protest an administrative decision to keep the graduation photo of a female student wearing a tuxedo out of the yearbook. The outcry became contagious as word spread across social media and support for Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory senior Jessica Urbina flowed in from around [Read More...]

Teachers protest new Catholic teacher contract prohibiting gay “lifestyles,” IVF

You may remember when this made news a few weeks back. Now, some teachers are challenging the contract:  About 60 people gathered Tuesday on Fountain Square to protest new language in the Cincinnati archdiocese’s teacher contract. They walked to the archdiocese offices on East Eighth Street, they said, to hand-deliver petitions – including an online [Read More...]