New York Catholic high school says gay teenagers can attend dance together

It will be interesting to see if this actually goes forward as planned—and what the reaction this gets from parents. Details:  The administrator of a Catholic high school in New York wrote to his students’ parents this week to explain why a gay couple at the all-boys school is being allowed to attend the junior [Read More...]

Catholic support for gay marriage growing

That, according to a new poll. From Politico: Among Catholics, 54 percent back same-sex marriage, while 38 percent oppose it, the Quinnipiac University poll found. That’s a jump from December, when Catholic support for same-sex marriage was 49 percent to 43 percent. “Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage,” said Peter A. Brown, [Read More...]

Church removes picture of Pope Benedict over his “hurtful statements about the LGBT community”

An interesting development in San Francisco (h/t Creative Minority Report). The pastor at Most Holy Redeemer parish writes in his bulletin: Two weeks ago, after Pope Benedict XVI had announced to the world that he would be resigning the office of Peter as of February 28th, I put the Pope’s picture, that usually hangs in [Read More...]

Vatican signals ways to legally protect same-sex couples “to prevent injustice”

Details:   A high-ranking Vatican official on Monday (Feb. 4) voiced support for giving unmarried couples some kind of legal protection even as he reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, also said the church should do more to protect gays and lesbians [Read More...]

Citing religious beliefs, baker refuses to make wedding cake for gay couple

From KATU TV in Oregon:  A Gresham baker is the subject of a state investigation after he refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Did Sweet Cakes owner Aaron Klein violate the law when he told the couple that he couldn’t sell them a cake because “they were abominations to the Lord?” [Read More...]

Catholic adoption agency charged with discriminating against gays

It’s happening in Scotland.  Could it happen here? Details: St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society in Glasgow was found to discriminate against homosexuals by giving higher priority to couples who have been married for at least two years. The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) reviewed the practices of the adoption agency following [Read More...]

Parishioners quit church over same-sex support group that teaches chastity

Evidently, some people mistakenly think that the Catholic Church teaches that the only good homosexual is a straight former homosexual. Um, no.  Check the catechism.  And listen to the bishops. But then along comes this story from Canada.  (h/t Thomas McDonald)  The Toronto Star headline sums it up succinctly: “Gay celibacy group prompts parishioners to leave.” [Read More...]

Vive la différence: up to one million mob Paris to protest gay marriage—UPDATED

From Reuters:  Several hundred thousand people massed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday to protest against President Francois Hollande’s plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption by June. Three columns of protesters, waving pink and blue flags showing a father, mother and two children, converged on the landmark from different meeting points in [Read More...]

Priests: same-sex marriage could lead to a return of “centuries of persecution”

This comes from a letter signed by more than 1/4 of all the Catholic priests in England and Wales.  Details:  More than 1,000 priests have signed a letter voicing alarm that same-sex marriage could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during “centuries of persecution” of Roman Catholics in England. In one of the [Read More...]

What can you do about Catholics who support same-sex marriage?

Well, despite what you may think, you can’t just automatically excommunicate them. Canon lawyer Ed Peters notes one case in particular:  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Catholic, is pushing the ‘gay marriage’ agenda in the Land of Lincoln to the obvious and rightful chagrin of Catholics faithful to the natural law (not to mention, to [Read More...]