California Catholic school fires teacher after gay wedding

Details:  A Rancho Cucamonga man who taught 17 years at a Catholic high school was fired from his job days after he married his gay partner in a San Bernardino civil ceremony. While school representatives declined comment on the matter, an attorney representing 45-year-old Ken Bencomo says he was fired because of the same-sex ceremony. [Read More...]

More Pope Reaction: “He is Leading with Mercy”

From the Washington Post comes this roundup of reaction to Pope Francis’s comments yesterday—including some astute thoughts from our own Eve Tushnet:  “Pope Francis’s brief comment on gays reveals great mercy,” said the Reverend James Martin, an influential Catholic commentator. ”That mercy, of course, comes from Jesus Christ. And we can never have enough of [Read More...]

Stop the Presses: Andrew Sullivan Praises the Pope!

You may want to sit down for this:  I’ve just watched the actual video of Pope Francis’ airplane press conference, and it’s even more remarkable than the quotes we gleaned earlier from reporters like John Allen. What’s so striking to me is not what he said, but how he said it: the gentleness, the humor, the transparency. I find [Read More...]

The Pope and the Catechism

A little context may be helpful. Pope Francis, yesterday:  “I think that when we encounter a gay person, we must make the distinction between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of a lobby, because lobbies are not good.  They are bad. If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has [Read More...]

“Catholic Church Not Against Burying Gays”

That’s the headline accompanying the piece below in the Columbus Dispatch. The headline and story, I think, reveal much about both the people in the pews and the perception many have of the Church. Details:  As they drove home from a recent funeral in Cincinnati, the 60-something Westerville couple started thinking about the plans they [Read More...]

Catholic Healthcare Group Launches Support Program for Families of LGBT Youth

Details:  Saint Peter’s Healthcare System- a Catholic institution – announced it is conducting a study in cooperation with the Rutgers University School of Social Work to explore ways to help families adjust to the news that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. As part of the study, the program will provide [Read More...]

Prominent Minnesota Catholic School Leader Says He is in a Gay Relationship, Resigns

Details:  The president of a prominent Minnesota Catholic high school resigned last week after he informed other school officials that he is in a same-sex relationship, according to a letter sent Tuesday to people connected to Totino-Grace High School. William Hudson‘s resignation from the Fridley school was effective last Friday. The letter detailing his exit came from the [Read More...]

Will Churches Be Sued Over Gay Marriage?

Flashback:  A church group that owns beachfront property discriminated against a lesbian couple by not allowing them to rent the locale for their civil union ceremony, a New Jersey department ruled Monday in a case that has become a flash point in the nation’s gay rights battle. The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights said [Read More...]

Gay Marriage and Other Churches

We know where the Catholic Church stands on the issue of gay marriage.  But how about other faiths? Jaweed Kaleem at Huffington Post has an interesting wrap-up, in light of Wednesday’s SCOTUS decisions: Most of the nation’s biggest religious groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church (68 million members), Southern Baptist Convention (16 million), United [Read More...]

USCCB Reacts to SCOTUS Decisions: “Tragic Day for Marriage and Our Nation”

From a statement released a short time ago: The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president [Read More...]