Gay teacher fired from Philadelphia Catholic school after applying for marriage license

Details:  A gay teacher at a suburban Philadelphia Catholic high school was fired Friday after he applied for a New Jersey marriage license. Michael Griffin was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School after administrators said his obtaining a license to marry his same-sex partner was a violation of his contract. Father James McCloskey, the school’s [Read More...]

Dolan: Catholic Church “out-marketed” and “caricatured” as anti-gay

Details:  A top Roman Catholic cardinal says he regrets that the church is portrayed as “anti-gay” for supporting traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, told NBC News that the church has been “out-marketed” on the issue by an array of people, including politicians. “We’ve been caricatured [Read More...]

Church of England bishops propose no longer making gay clergy promise abstinence

Details:  A panel of bishops is set to spark a fresh row over homosexuality by paving the way for the Church of England to relax its stance on gay clergy. Sources said the group will recommend that clerics wanting to enter civil partnerships should no longer have to promise their bishops that they will abstain [Read More...]

Bishop to perform “exorcism” over gay marriage law

From The Chicago Tribune:  Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said he will offer prayers for “exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” at the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the same-sex marriage bill next week. Paprocki said he will offer the prayers intended [Read More...]

Maine Catholic congressman declares he’s gay

Details:  Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) announced he’s gay in an Op-Ed article published by Maine newspapers Monday, making him the seventh openly gay member of Congress. The five-term representative, currently running for governor, said that he was prompted to speak out by “whisper campaigns” alleging that he was gay. “Allow me to save them the trouble with a [Read More...]

Teen claims Catholic high school expelled her because she’s gay

 Details:  A prestigious Catholic high school booted a Bronx senior for being gay, the girl claims in a lawsuit. Amanda Acevedo, 17, says in court papers that a homophobic administrator at Preston HS in Throggs Neck took exception to her bringing a girl as a date to a school dance and embarked on a two-year [Read More...]

Gay marriage impacts North Carolina Catholic churches, local interfaith service

From the Charlotte Observer:  One Catholic Church in Charlotte fired music director Steav Bates-Congdon after he married his longtime male partner. Now another has pulled out of hosting the city’s largest interfaith service rather than allow Bates-Congdon to be part of the team planning the annual event. Mecklenburg Ministries’ 38th annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service is [Read More...]

Views from the pews on the Catholic judge behind New Jersey’s gay marriage ruling

From the Newark Star Ledger:  Paul McKillup, a 79-year-old retired plumber who spent much of this morning singing, said he remembered Mary Jacobson as a young parishioner at St. Mary of the Sea Catholic Church in Bayonne. “I knew Mary when she was a little girl,” McKillup, a member of the St. Mary choir, said [Read More...]

Pope writes letter to gay Catholics in Italy

America has the details:  Pope Francis turned to pen and paper to respond to a letter from a group of gay and lesbian Italian Catholics sent in June, according to the Italian daily La Repubblica(Note: this account in English relies on a Google translation; it may be imperfect). The group had written to Pope Francis in a [Read More...]

Catholic colleges rethinking views on gays

From the Twin Cities Pioneer Press:  Since taking over University of St. Thomas this summer, President Julie Sullivan has heard from gay faculty and students that they feel a need to “hide” on campus. In her recent convocation address, the first lay, female president at the Roman Catholic school in St. Paul vowed to change [Read More...]


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