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.
This month's Synod of Bishops of the family gained unprecedented world media attention, particularly after a midterm report from Rome suggested that the bishops were considering a significant pastoral shift in outreach toward the LGBT community. While the discussion and, at times, infighting among the bishops have made it unclear what direction and how significant this pastoral shift will actually be, we do know that the process has begun.
The Nigerian bishops oppose gay marriage but do not support the criminalization of homosexuals, said Nigerian Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama in Rome while attending the Synod of Bishops on the family.
The media misunderstood the position of the Nigerian church, he said. "The Catholic church respects all human beings. And we believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God," he said. But for cultural and religious reasons, "we Africans believe that marriage is between a man and a woman."
"That does not mean that we hate people of that orientation," he added.
Of the 40-some employees who have lost jobs at Catholic institutions since 2008, nearly half have lost their jobs this year.
In a one-on-one conversation following a public speaking engagement, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley said that the firing of church workers because of LGBT issues is a situation that "needs to be rectified."
Earlier in the evening, the cardinal spoke of the need to include and minister to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in light of Pope Francis' new vision for the church.