Tag Archive | Catholic Church

Lawyers ask Vatican to denounce criminalisation of homosexuality

Lawyers ask Vatican to denounce criminalisation of homosexuality

(Reuters) – Human rights lawyers and gay rights advocates urged the Vatican on Friday to issue a clear and unequivocal statement against the criminalisation of homosexuality. The request was made at a Vatican meeting two days after the United Nations said Brunei was violating human rights by implementing Islamic laws that would allow death by […]

Young People at Pre-Synod Meeting Call for Church to Openly Address Sexuality

Young People at Pre-Synod Meeting Call for Church to Openly Address Sexuality

By Robert Shine, New Ways Ministry Youth from around the world have issued a call for the Catholic Church to openly and honestly address matters of sexuality, including homosexuality, and to do so from a Church that is a welcoming place for all people.

Have Catholic Theologians Been Too Quiet About Fr. James Martin’s ‘Building a Bridge’?

Have Catholic Theologians Been Too Quiet About Fr. James Martin’s ‘Building a Bridge’?

By Robert Shine of New Ways Ministry The blog Daily Theology had an interesting back-and-forth about [pro-LGBT] Fr. James Martin, SJ’s book, Building a Bridge. The conversation centered on whether academic theologians have sufficiently engaged a book that has been making sizable waves in the Church, as well as about who should be  doing public theology. “In […]

Drama Review: ‘Sacrament’ – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin [Gay-themed]

Drama Review: ‘Sacrament’ – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin [Gay-themed]

Frances Winston reviews this ‘compelling piece’ about a girl struggling with both her sexual identity, and the Catholic Church’s teaching on LGBT matters SACRAMENT Theatre Upstairs, Lanigan’s Bar, 10 Eden Quay, Dublin 1, until November 25th, 7 pm. Full details below. Ireland’s relationship with the Catholic Church is extremely complex, and for the LGBTQ community […]

Gay Catholic Voice Ireland: Civil Marriage Is A Matter For The State

Gay Catholic Voice Ireland: Civil Marriage Is A Matter For The State

The recent publishing of the wording that is to be used for the Civil Marriage Referendum was welcomed by Gay Catholic Voice Ireland who said GCVI “notes with joy this historic step towards full constitutional equality for all our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters across the country”. Ciarán O’Mathuna, GCVI Chair stated: “It is really […]

Dublin Priest Comes Out as Gay

Dublin Priest Comes Out as Gay

A Dublin-based Catholic priest received a standing ovation during mass last week, when he came out as gay to the congregation.  Fr. Martin Dolan, who is a priest at the Church of St. Nicholas of Myra on Francis Street in the city, surprised his congregation when he told them he was gay. He made the […]

GLEN: Lesbian & Gay Couples Marrying Will Strengthen Marriage

GLEN: Lesbian & Gay Couples Marrying Will Strengthen Marriage

“Marriage is good for society, good for families and good for loving and committed couples, including lesbian and gay couples, and the Irish Constitution should allow all loving, committed couples who wish to enter a civil marriage the opportunity to do so” said GLEN Chair, Kieran Rose, responding to the launch today by the Irish […]

Bishops Vote Against Pope’s Move to Include LGBT People in Catholic Church

Bishops Vote Against Pope’s Move to Include LGBT People in Catholic Church

A majority of Bishops at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, voting against the lead of Pope Francis, rolled back on the positive and inclusive approaches towards gay people in the voting on the final document of the Synod. The final document, published last night, excludes the more open and positive approach used in the […]

Canadian Hopes To Become First Transgender Catholic Nun

Canadian Hopes To Become First Transgender Catholic Nun

A Canadian trans woman is hoping to become the world’s first transgender Catholic nun. Tia Pesando, from London, Ontario, has already received her local priest’s blessing, and is training to become a Carolinian sister. If Tia does become a nun, she will be the first transgender nun in the world. Speaking with Canada’s CTV, Pesando explains that two […]

Vatican Document Advises More Tolerant Church for Gay Christians and Their Children

Vatican Document Advises More Tolerant Church for Gay Christians and Their Children

The Vatican has published a document yesterday, that advises the Catholic Church to be less critical of homosexuals, while also welcoming their children into the Church without prejudice.  The 75-page document, titled ‘Instrumentum Laboris’, has been prepared ahead of the synod of Catholic bishops, which is set to take place at the Vatican in October […]