Ohio Catholic school fires teacher living with gay partner

Details:  A gay physical-education teacher who was fired from a Catholic high school in Clintonville said the morality clause cited in her dismissal could easily be used to fire any number of staff members who fail to follow all the church’s rules. Carla Hale, who worked at Bishop Watterson High School for 19 years, was [Read More...]

Cardinal Wuerl defends embattled school chaplain in homily at George Washington University

You may remember the story of Fr. Greg Shaffer that made headlines several days back.  Washington’s cardinal archbishop Donald Wuerl celebrated Mass and preached a homily on the campus of George Washington University last Sunday.  He’s just posted the homily on his blog. The cardinal concluded:  The idea that the pastor of a parish today [Read More...]

Bishop vs. bishop over gay marriage and communion

From Sunday:  Catholic Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit said on Sunday that Catholics who support gay marriage yet take the sacrament of Communion are contradicting themselves, echoing recent calls from a religious scholar for supporters of gay marriage to withdraw from taking the Eucharist. According to the Detroit Free Press, Archbishop Vigneron said that Catholics who support [Read More...]

Two gay college students try to have priest fired because he counsels students not to have sex—UPDATED

Is this from The Onion? No:  Two gay seniors at George Washington University say they feel alienated because the chaplain at George Washington’s Newman Center rejects homosexuality, and they aren’t going to take it anymore. The seniors, Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen, have announced a coordinated campaign to rid the campus of the Roman Catholic priest, reports The GW Hatchet, the school’s independent student newspaper. [Read More...]

“Celibacy and chastity won’t kill you”

This may be the most clear-eyed and honest piece on homosexuality and the Catholic Church that you will read… …or at least, that you will read this week. Terry Nelson knows whereof he speaks.  From Abbey Roads:  The friends who approve of same sex marriage usually approve of divorce and remarriage, contraception and abortion, euthanasia, [Read More...]

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...]