….why not also in any Catholic parish? Or play the organ? or teach in schools?
In most parishes in the West of course, they can (as I do in my own parish) – but there are far too many instances where they are penalized if they are honest enough about themselves and their relationships, to commit to their spouses in marriage.
An Openly Gay Man Read In Spanish at the Pope’s New York Mass
In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Californian Bishop Francis Quinn has called for extensive reform of the Catholic Church on issues around human sexuality, communion for the divorced and remarried, and an end to compulsory celibacy for Catholic priests.
Pope Francis prefers the simple title “bishop of Rome.” So I ask my brother bishop: Should we not convene a third Vatican Council just as ethical and paradigm-shifting as Vatican Council II of the 1960s?
Once again, I’m on the move – I hope, once and for all.
Huffington Post reports that a visiting American priest gave a DVD about LGBT Catholics to Pope Francis, who replied: ‘I would love to visit and talk to gay and lesbian people’.
In Berlin earlier today, a new archbishop was installed, Heiner Koch, who as bishop of Cologne had a track record of pastoral sensitivity to LGBT concerns: he was in the news some years ago, for instance, for dropping in unexpectedly in a local LGBT community centre, to talk to the community and listen to their concerns.
I wrote some time ago, about a belief that LGBT Christians need to “take back the tradition” in Church history, just as others have begun to “Take Back the Word” in biblical studies (to use the title of a book edited by Robert Goss). The young Fr Joseph Ratzinger wrote about the dangerous “distorting tradiion” against which we must be ever vigilant. It it high time that we correct the distorted tradition.