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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USCCB on SCOTUS gay marriage ruling: “Move forward with faith, hope, and love”

From the USCCB website:  The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). [Read More...]

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Great moments in journalism: the Philadelphia story and bias

  View image | gettyimages.com I was struck by these two competing headlines this morning. They offer quite a study in contrasts. From Voice of America: Catholic Church to Welcome Homosexuals at Philadelphia Meeting. A U.S. bishop says homosexuals will be able to attend a global meeting of Catholic families in Philadelphia during a visit [Read More...]

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Pope to meet publicly with married gay activist at roundtable next month

Details:  Pope Francis is slated to hold his first public meeting with a married gay activist during a visit to Paraguay in July. The activist is Simón Cazal, executive director of the Paraguayan LGBT rights group SOMOSGAY, who married another SOMOSGAY activist, Sergio López, in neighboring Argentina in 2012. Though the pope has reportedly held pastoral [Read More...]

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Cardinal Burke compares Irish to the pagans for endorsing gay marriage

From The Tablet in the U.K.: Ireland has gone further than paganism and “defied God” by legalising gay marriage, one of the Church’s most senior cardinals has said. Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was recently moved from a senior role in the Vatican to be patron of the Order of Malta, told the Newman Society, Oxford [Read More...]

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Seton Hall priest who was removed over Facebook post admits he’s gay, requests sabbatical

A reader sent this my way today. This story got a lot of attention a couple weeks back, and now the other shoe has dropped:  Just before graduation last year, campus priest Warren Hall was walking across Seton Hall’s grounds sipping some coffee when a student ran up to him. The student thanked Hall for his tutelage [Read More...]

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