Australian political leaders agree gays don’t go to hell

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ABOVE: Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia. (From Wikimedia Commons)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) | The leaders of both of Australia’s major political parties agreed on May 14 that gays don’t go to hell because of their sexual orientation, as Christian beliefs rose to extraordinary prominence in the final days of an election campaign.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison opposed same-sex marriage while opposition leader Bill Shorten argued for marriage equality ahead of a national vote in 2017 that led to Australia legally recognizing same-sex unions.

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DC Catholic school will acknowledge LGBTQ alumnae couples

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WASHINGTON (AP) | A 220-year-old Catholic girls’ school in Washington, D.C., will now allow news about same-sex unions in its alumnae magazine.

News outlets report the president emerita of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, Sister Mary Berchmans, announced the change this month. She says she was asked to reflect on what it means to “Live Jesus” when it comes to LGBTQ alumnae, and the policy change follows “the Gospel commandment of love.”

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Woman held in Poland for adding LGBT rainbow to revered icon

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Above: Flyers of religious icon altered with LGBT symbol (Photo: Beata Zawrzel / AP)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) | Rights groups and government critics in Poland protested on May 7 after police temporarily detained a human rights activist for putting up posters depicting the country’s most revered Catholic icon with the LGBT rainbow on the halos of Mary and baby Jesus.

Prosecutors in the central city of Plock said the woman has been questioned and has heard charges of insulting religious feelings and desecration of the icon of Mother of God of Czestochowa, popularly known as the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, a painting housed at the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, in southern Poland, since the 14th-century.

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3 big US churches in turmoil over sex abuse, LGBT policy

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It has been a wrenching season for three of America’s largest religious denominations, as sex-abuse scandals and a schism over LGBT inclusion fuel anguish and anger within the Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches. There’s rising concern that the crises will boost the ranks of young people disillusioned by organized religion.

“Every denomination is tremendously worried about retaining or attracting young people,” said Stephen Schneck, a political science professor at Catholic University. “The sex-abuse scandals will have a spillover effect on attitudes toward religion in general. I don’t think any denomination is going to not take a hit.”

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Pope Francis says “there is no place” for gay people in the priesthood

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VATICAN CITY (AP) | Pope Francis has been quoted in a soon-to-be published book as saying that having gays in the clergy “is something that worries me” and remarking that some societies are considering homosexuality a “fashionable” lifestyle.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera’s website ran excerpts of the book Dec. 1 in the form of an interview that Francis gave about religious vocations. Francis was quoted as describing homosexuality within the walls of seminaries, convents and other religious places where clergy live as “a very serious question.”

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Colorado Archbishop calls out Catholic school for supporting student drag show

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DENVER (AP) | The Catholic archbishop of Denver called out a local Jesuit-Catholic university’s provost for encouraging faculty to attend a student drag show.

The Denver Post reports Regis University Provost Janet Houser urged teachers to attend the show as a way of supporting LGBTQ students. Houser also suggested they avoid language that reinforces the gender binary — including saying “ladies and gentlemen.”

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Musical sensation ‘Nunsense A-men’ comes to the Winter Park Playhouse

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Anyone who has spent time at a parochial school run by Catholic fathers and sisters, where the halls are filled with the Holy Spirit and the faculty are covered in habits, know one thing for certain: nuns are hilarious.

Before Whoopi Goldberg played a showgirl-turned-nun in Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, and before Sister Rose and Sister Blanche started collecting lingerie for needy sexy people in an episode of The Golden Girls, Dan Goggin had created the hilarious musical comedy Nunsense.

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Pastor rejects gay musicians from Minnesota Catholic Church

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TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Members of a rural Catholic parish in eastern Minnesota are at odds over the dismissal of three gay men from a church musical ensemble after the new pastor learned they are in same-sex marriages.

The Pioneer Press reports that Bob Bernard, one of the dismissed men, said he has no plans to leave the church and that none of them wants the pastor’s decision to lead to protests against the Catholic Church.

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Catholic priest comes out to congregation, receives standing ovation

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A Roman Catholic priest in Milwaukee has come out as gay making him one of the few Catholic priests to publicly come out.

Rev. Gregory Greiten first told parishioners at St. Bernadette Parish on Sunday and received a standing ovation.

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Wisconsin Catholic leader criticized for email on funerals for gays

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A top aide to Bishop Robert Morlino has issued guidance to priests in the Catholic Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, that critics say could limit the availability of funeral rites within the church for gay people.

Vicar General James Bartylla emailed a newsletter to priests Oct. 21, with the bishop’s approval, that says rites “may be denied for manifest sinners” if they would cause unavoidable “public scandal of the faithful,” the Wisconsin State Journal reported Oct. 25.

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Malta set to legalize same-sex marriage this month

By : Helen Parshall of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Lawmakers in Malta on Wednesday nearly unanimously approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to legally marry. The Marriage Equality Bill — which is anticipated to receive final approval next week without government opposition — is another sign of the progress the majority Catholic country has made towards LGBT equality in the last decade.

“Malta wants to keep leading on LGBT issues and civil liberties, to serve as a model for the rest of the world,” said Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in a recent interview with the BBC.

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Catholic university in Kansas plans LGBTQ group

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Newman University, a private Catholic school in Wichita, plans to offer a group next year to support its LGBTQ students while continuing to emphasize Catholic teaching that condones sex only in marriage between a man and a woman.

In response to growing interest among students to recognize the school’s diversity, the university formed a committee to plan the LGBTQ group. The committee met over the summer and fall of 2016 and used a model used at Notre Dame, The Wichita Eagle reported.

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