LGBTQ community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBTQ community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gays feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.

Juan Carlos Cruz said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their meetings at the Vatican. Cruz was the main whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, and met last month with Francis to discuss it.

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Pope accepts resignation from Canadian bishop who opposed LGBTQ school rules

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VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has accepted the early resignation of a Canadian bishop who came under fire in Calgary for opposing LGBTQ guidelines for public schools.

The Vatican’s one-sentence announcement Jan. 4 about Bishop Frederick Henry’s departure made no mention of the controversy in Canada. At 73, Henry is two years younger than the age at which bishops must offer the pope their resignation.

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Methodists elects first openly gay bishop despite ban

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Scottsdale, Arizona (AP) – The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination’s ban on same-sex relationships.

The Rev. Karen Oliveto was elected late July 15 night at a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, of the church’s Western Jurisdiction. Oliveto is pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. She is the first openly gay bishop in the 12.7 million-member denomination.

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Cathedral agrees to baptize gay couple’s son

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Orlando – A local couple is moving forward with their son’s baptism after being told that the church was postponing it due to them being gay.

Rich McCaffrey and his husband, Eric, met with Bishop Greg Brewer, the Diocese of Central Florida, after a Facebook post stated the church had prevented the McCaffrey’s son, Jack, from being baptized because “the congregation opposed” it.

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Church postpones child’s baptism because he has two dads

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An Orlando gay couple took to social media when their child was turned away from baptism at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Luke because they are gay.

Rich McCaffrey and his husband Eric were to have their son, Jack, baptized before the church congregation of St. Luke’s on April 19, but instead were notified three days before that the church forbade the ceremony.

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Methodists end case against bishop who performed same-sex wedding

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The United Methodist church is settling a complaint against a retired bishop who performed a same-sex wedding in Alabama, and a church leader said the agreement showed the denomination doesn’t have to be divided by differences over gay marriage.

Church statements issued Jan. 5 said the case against retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert had ended with a settlement that the denomination calls a “just resolution.”

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Montana parishioners meet with bishop over gay couple

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – A Roman Catholic bishop says a central Montana parish is about evenly divided over a new priest’s decision to prohibit a gay couple from receiving Communion unless they divorce, live separately and write a statement affirming that a marriage is between a man and a woman.

Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings met Sept. 20 with about 300 parishioners of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, where he also led a Mass. About half the parishioners supported the Rev. Samuel Spiering’s decision, while the other half were very angry, the Great Falls Tribune reported.

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