Cardinal to celebrate Mass for LGBT Catholics

From U.K.’s The Catholic Herald Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Mass with a “pastoral outreach” to gay Catholics in central London on Sunday. Same-sex attracted Catholics, along with their families, will attend the Mass at Farm Street Jesuit Church in Mayfair at 6.15pm. It is the first time a cardinal has celebrated a Mass “welcoming” [Read More...]

Donations pour in to support florist who refused to provide flowers for gay wedding

From The Seattle Times:  The Richland florist who refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding has netted more than $80,000 from an online crowdfunding page dedicated to “protect her and her livelihood.” A GoFundMe page set up for Baronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, had raised $80,225 from 1,884 donors [Read More...]

After gay organizations are welcomed, Catholic group urges removal of St. Patrick’s name from Boston parade

From AP:  Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is making history as two gay and lesbian groups are being welcomed by the organizers after decades of opposition. The sponsoring South Boston Allied War Veterans Council has invited the gay military veterans group OutVets, and gay rights groups Boston Pride to join Sunday’s parade. Boston mayors have boycotted the event for [Read More...]

Irish bishop: homosexuality is not what “God intended,” compares it to Down syndrome

Details:  A Catholic Bishop’s view that gay couples with children “are not parents” has been described as “a nonsense”. The Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran also said he believes “the jury’s out” on whether people are born gay. Dr Doran had this to say when it was put to him that gay people in Ireland [Read More...]

Did a gay rights group actually get “VIP treatment” at the Vatican?—UPDATED

Here’s the report from Reuters:  A prominent American Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treatment for the first time at an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday, a move members saw as a sign of change in the Roman Catholic Church. “This is a sign of movement that’s due to the Francis effect,” said [Read More...]

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...]