New ministry in LA for family members of gays and lesbians

Will be the only Catholic support group in the diocese in line with church teaching

The following is an email that was sent to California Catholic Daily this week: Dear CalCatholic,  I am a regular reader and faithful committed Catholic. I am also a mother of an adult who is living in a same sex relationship. Last year you ran my story (written by Joseph Sciambra) of finding no help in the LA archdiocese except for gay affirming ministries: How … [Read more...]

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‘Glitter ashes’

LGBT advocacy group promotes use of ashes mixed with glitter on Ash Wednesday

Proclaiming "the need for progressive Christian witness has never been more urgent," a New York-based LGBTQ advocacy group with roots in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has launched "Glitter+Ash". Parity characterizes glitter ash as a way for churches observing Ash Wednesday to incorporate pro-LGBTQ advocacy into the beginning of the 40-day Lenten season. Formerly known as … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert Barron: Don’t push for undoing of Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling

LA auxiliary says "it would probably cause much more difficulty if we kept pressing it"

Bishop Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of LA, joined Dave Rubin on the January 30 episode of the Rubin Report to discuss religion. Rubin: Your personal feelings on [the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage]: I assume you felt it was the wrong decision by the Court – is that fair to say? Bishop Barron: Yeah, no, I do, but I don’t think I want to press it much further, … [Read more...]

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California bans state-funded travel to Kansas

A 2016 Kansas law enables religious groups on college campuses to require their members to adhere to their religious beliefs, which California says discriminates against LGBT people

California has banned state-funded travel to Kansas after determining that the Sunflower State is one of four in the nation with laws that it views as discriminatory toward gay people. The policy could prevent public universities in California from scheduling sporting events with Kansas teams and raises the question of whether teams will travel to Wichita in 2018, when the … [Read more...]

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Can you teach the truth and not be a hater?

Diocese of Phoenix and Courage International organize the Truth and Love conference to counter a "misplaced compassion"

In a country where gay marriage has gained widespread acceptance – both culturally and legally – in the past several years, it can be difficult for pastors or others in ministry to stick to the Church’s teachings on the subject without feeling like a bigot or a hater. Difficult, but certainly not impossible, said leaders at the Truth and Love conference this week in … [Read more...]

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U.S. bishop rips Church teaching on homosexuality

‘That was not Jesus’ approach’

The following comes from a December 23 LifeSiteNews article by Pete Baklinski: A U.S. bishop first appointed last year by Pope Francis is defending his decision to speak at a gay activist conference in April 2017 put on by a “Catholic” group condemned by the Vatican. The bishop argues that he is following the pope’s example of being “merciful” while reaching out to those in … [Read more...]

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Vatican confirms ban on homosexual candidates for priesthood

Congregation for the Clergy says the Church “cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called ‘gay culture’“

The following comes from a December 7 Catholic Culture article: The Vatican has confirmed that homosexual men should not be ordained to the priesthood. In a new instruction for the training of seminarians, entitled The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, the Congregation for the Clergy says that the Church “cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice … [Read more...]

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