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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If you think gays wrecked marriage in Ireland, think again

View image | gettyimages.com From Aleteia, some analysis from Michael Cook: As an institution, marriage has been on the skids in Ireland for decades and Friday’s result was a natural result. It wasn’t the gays who trashed marriage; it was the straights. Consider the four essential features of traditional marriage: permanence, monogamy, procreation and sexual [Read More...]

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What happened in Ireland?

View image | gettyimages.com A look at the historic vote Saturday to legalize same-sex marriage, via The New York Times:  The country’s cultural evolution reflects a blend of disaffection with the church, and Ireland’s willingness to embrace a wider vision of itself in the world. As the church lost many people in its scandals and its [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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