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...]

Catholic college cancels speech by author who supports gay marriage

Details:  Providence College, a Roman Catholic institution in Rhode Island, has canceled an event in which a gay philosophy professor had been invited to speak in support of same-sex marriage, The New York Times reported. The speaker, John Corvino, is chairman of the philosophy department at Wayne State University and the author of the new book What’s Wrong [Read More...]

Cardinal urges more sensitivity in preaching on homosexuality

He’s one of the eight cardinals—the “Super 8″ or “Gang of 8″— advising Pope Francis, and evidently made his comments in response to a complaint about a sermon. From Hindustan Times:    The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, assured the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT) community that he would advise priests to [Read More...]

A conservative Catholic’s case for gay marriage

This will undoubtedly have the Catholic blogosphere buzzing this weekend. In a dramatic turnabout, Joseph Bottum comes out for gay marriage in the new issue of Commonweal.  And he talks about it in an interview with the New York Times:  Mr. Bottum’s change of heart is noteworthy. He makes several arguments. The first is pragmatic. [Read More...]


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