Just Released: Vatican’s “Lineamenta” for the Synod Includes Questions on Pastoral Care for Divorced, Homosexuals


The Vatican is gearing up for the 2015 General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, by releasing a 26-page Lineamenta for discussion by national bishops' conferences around the world.A Lineamenta is a text written in preparation for a Synod, and is intended to encourage bishops to invite the participation of all in the Church, so that they can enter into discussion and take a pastoral inventory.According to the Catholic Herald, the preparatory document includes 46 questions.  The Herald c … [Read more...]

Detroit Archbishop Quashes Gay Rights Speaker

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry

Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron has refused permission for a pro-gay rights speaker, head of an organization which has been censured by the Vatican, to speak at a Detroit-area parish.Francis DeBernardo, executive director of the Maryland-based New Ways Ministry, was scheduled to speak at Christ the King parish in northwest Detroit on Saturday, November 22.  He was to address the Fortunate Families support group, an organization of parents and others who have family members who … [Read more...]

“Talking About Gayness” and “Being Gay” Are Two Different Things

Gay and Catholic - Tushnet

Gay and Catholic:  Is that even a thing?You can fill your bookcase with books about homosexuality.  Most of the dozens of titles released in the last ten years help to categorize and explain same-sex attraction, scanning Church teaching and defining terms, offering spiritual support.  There are books which offer helps to break out of the homosexual lifestyle, and books intended to help parents, family members and friends of the active homosexual to better understand their loved one.  Most, th … [Read more...]