Priest begs gays not to leave church over bishop’s tweet

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) | A priest is asking parishioners not to leave his church over a tweet by Rhode Island’s bishop urging Roman Catholics to not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events.

The Rev. Edward L. Pieroni begged gay and lesbian parishioners not to leave the church during Sunday services at St. Raymond’s Roman Catholic Church in Providence, The Boston Globe reported.

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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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Gays and Catholicism: Pope’s words open door to confusion

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – An ideological tug of war over the firing of a Rhode Island church music director for marrying his same-sex partner illustrates the confusion that permeates some U.S. Roman Catholic parishes over Pope Francis’ words on homosexuality.

Francis’ famous declaration “Who am I to judge?” in 2013 energized Catholics who had pushed the church to accept gays and lesbians. Now, some gay Catholics and supporters who hoped for rapid acceptance find themselves stymied by many bishops and pastors.

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Conservative churches confront new reality on gay marriage

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(AP)- At First Baptist Dallas, where the pulpit was adorned June 28 with red, white and blue bunting to honor the Fourth of July, the pastor called the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling “an affront in the face of Almighty God.”

The iconic rainbow colors that bathed the White House Friday night after the court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide represent “depravity, degradation and what the Bible calls sexual perversion,” the Rev. Robert Jeffress said.

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Slovak vote on gay rights curbs not binding due to turnout

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) – A nationwide referendum on restricting gay rights in Slovakia has failed to produce a legally binding result after the required number of eligible voters did not turn out.

In the Feb. 7 vote, Slovaks were asked whether they agree to three points: that marriage can only be called a union between a man and a woman; that same-sex partners must be barred from adopting children; and that it’s up to parents to decide whether their children receive sex education.

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How Sinéad O’Connor found herself—and how the gay community helped

By : Chris Azzopardi
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In 1992, Sinéad O’Connor was at the height of her career following the success of “Nothing Compares 2 U” when, during a one-woman protest against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live. Causing an uproar, and eventually thwarting her pop-culture presence (not that she cared), that defiance would come to define the Irish singer’s life and career.

Does Sinéad have balls? Of course she does. Big ones. She talked about that region during our recent conversation, insisting that sex—whether it’s with a man or a woman—isn’t necessary for making her “dick hard.” Still, she lets it all hang out on her 10th studio album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, which was released Aug. 12. On it, she candidly reveals that, “Everybody wants something from me / They rarely ever wanna just know me.”

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Guest column: The Right to Be Wrong

By : Richard Rosendall
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Richard Rosendall

I have been fighting the Catholic Church since I first argued with a nun at St. Catherine Labouré Elementary School in Wheaton, Maryland in 1962. I don’t recall being smacked with a ruler, but Sister Mary Margaret gave intimidating glares.

I remembered her, and the scorn of the parish’s Monsignor W. Joyce Russell toward liberal priests during 1968’s uproar over the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, when I helped win D.C. marriage equality over objections by the Archdiocese of Washington several decades later. The Archdiocese wanted various exemptions enabling them, for example, to receive government contracts for adoption services while turning away gay couples. They lost. They then withdrew from public adoption services and were replaced by another contractor.

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Boy Scouts kicked out of church over pro-gay policy

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Altoona, Wis. (AP) – A Boy Scout troop that holds its meeting at a Catholic church in northwestern Wisconsin has been told to start looking for a new place to gather.

Boy Scout Troop 90 has been meeting at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Altoona for more than 20 years, according to scoutmaster Bob Thill. The troop has been told it should find a new home after its current charter agreement with the church expires Dec. 31 because of the Boy Scouts’ new policy to allow openly gay boys to join the program beginning next year, Thilll said.

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2.14.13 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotDear Catholic Church:
As a non-Catholic, I can only imagine the tremendous feelings of fear and unrest you are experiencing in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s sudden retirement. Change, as you know, is not a practice the Church takes lightly and when it’s forced upon you, it’s only natural to resist. But popes have resigned before, and while the last occurrence was well before anyone presently on this planet existed, your institution adapted and survived those changes.

Change, as they say, can be good. The world is continuously evolving pardon the phrasing and so too must institutions that were created with the mission of offering spiritual guidance to the population of our planet.

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