Last week the media world turned on its head again after Pope Francis agreed that the Catholic Church owed an apology to gays. But his statement, while positive on its face, deflected from horrendous remarks Francis himself made in the past and which he can and should personally apologize for right now.
Bishop John McIntyre, also of Philadelphia, said the only event dedicated to gay issues at the congress will be one by Ron
Francis has made an outreach to detainees a signature part of his ministry to the “marginalized.” On Holy Thursday next month
"Children are our hope for the future,” the letter stated. “Not every generation is given a chance to decide about the future
My imaginary friend Stella and I, having fled an Italy crushed by inequity, thought at the time that there was precious little to lose. But Italy is changing. For real. And Stella and I are changing along with her. For us it's a wonderful breath of fresh air to realize that there is still a country we can return to, and for which we can still have hope.
Pope Francis, are you on board? You certainly seemed to be when, for example, you knelt to wash the feet of prison inmates, including Muslims.
I bet you all the money in the Vatican's coffers that Bill Donahue of the Catholic League is still screaming in his office -- or on Fox News -- as you read this. So I take all of this "news" with a grain of salt -- a huge grain of Mediterranean Sea salt.
Last year, Santorum also tried to shoot down suggestions that the Catholic Church may become more accepting of gay men and
Catholicism is fundamentally constructed of a doctrine that very concretely determines the way of life and church politics. But Francis shows little nerve for change when it comes to this doctrine.
On Monday (Jan. 13), President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which parliament
It's been quite a year for the new pope. Named Time's Person Of The Year, he's been cited for his relatively progressive
6. He doesn't want gifts for Christmas or his birthday, he just wants to hang out. Pope Francis raised some eyebrows this
When Newsweek famously dubbed Barack Obama "the first gay president" of the United States, the phrase didn't really refer to Obama's sexuality but to his positive attitude toward gay people. So should Pope Francis likewise be considered "the first gay pope"?
Despite Pope Francis' earlier remarks about opening up the Church, the Vatican has firmly shut the door on artist Gonzalo Orquin's latest exhibit, "Trialogo," scheduled to open at the Galleria L'Opera on Wednesday evening.
Orquin, who is Spanish and Catholic, said that he found Italy to be "a very homophobic country" in the eight years that he
What's critical to realize -- lest we believe that Christian doctrine actually compels its adherents to condemn gay people -- is that anti-gay religious sentiment has always been a matter of tone and focus, so a change here is both the best we're likely to get and possibly all that's really needed.
Francis seems determined to give the church some breathing room on sexual matters to focus on the gospel, and to imagine what the future may hold rather than how the past enslaves us.
This week began with another mass shooting -- the 16th since Newtown in December. As the president presides over yet another grim memorial service, it's time for an honest assessment of what is really happening in our culture. Yes, we need better background checks and mental health screening, but we need to also look deeper -- at the root causes that lead to nearly 32,000 gun deaths a year, and over 1 million Americans taking part in gang activities. Matthew Dowd defined "the real core problem" as "poverty of the soul." And fixing it will require more compassion, less division and the recognition that our common humanity is greater than our differences. On Thursday, Pope Francis took a step in that direction, faulting the Catholic Church for being "obsessed" with gays and abortion at the expense of the larger mission. "We must always consider the person," he said. Our well-being as a nation depends on it.
Pope Francis' Catholic Church isn't abandoning its anti-LGBT beliefs; it's just going to talk about them less often. The pontiff's comments were a response to the shifting politics around LGBT issues, not a new policy of inclusion. They are, at most, a change of style, not one of substance.