I was a longtime friend and confrere of Cardinal Francis George before I left the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and married my husband, Jeff Jackson. I had sent the cardinal a copy of my book, Confessions of a Gay Married Priest: A Spiritual Journey, and his positive written reaction to that memoir, which explores my integration of sexuality, spirituality, and relationship, has given me hope for the Catholic church.
An Upstate New York bishop has dismissed a 2013 complaint that accused a retired United Methodist pastor of breaking church law by officiating at several same-sex weddings, including his daughter’s.
Bishop Mark Webb’s May 26 decision to dismiss charges against the Rev. Steve Heiss eliminates a costly and controversial church trial, which in other cases has highlighted the denomination’s divisions over ministering to gays and lesbians.
This week on "Interfaith Voices," I had a personal interview with Kevin Eckstrom, who this week is leaving his post as editor-in-chief of Religion News Service. He has taken a position as chief communications officer at the Washington National Cathedral.
I found his personal story quite compelling.
Becoming a father was a prime motivator for Randy Berry to accept what's sure to be a controversial new role at the State Department.
Berry, 50, is the U.S. special envoy for the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, the first such post created by a nation, according to the State Department.
In that trailblazing role, he said, he has an opportunity to help his two children grow up in a world more accepting than the one he was born into.
Faith and Justice: The U.S. Catholic bishops could take a lesson from Mormon leaders on how to deal with religious liberty and gay rights.
Young Voices: More than five years ago, I had an idea for a column: a column of young voices in the National Catholic Reporter.
A new short documentary began making the rounds on the Internet last week. "Owning Our Faith" is a 14-minute film that explores the struggle among gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals for inclusion in the Roman Catholic church.
Young Voices: As transgender individuals remain underserved by our Catholic community, an increased commitment to developing adequate pastoral resources is desperately needed.
A small c catholic: Marriage is changing, and the Episcopal Church, unlike many other branches of Christianity, is thinking deeply about how to respond.
Gay Catholic leaders have expressed their pleasure following reports that Pope Francis, in an unprecedented move, met last week with a transgender Spaniard at the Vatican.
While the Vatican has yet to confirm the meeting, it has been widely reported in the press, and there has been no Vatican denial.