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Richard Sipe, the man dismissed by Bishop McElroy

By Tim O’Neill Speaking about the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church this past summer, Leon Podles, author of Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church (2008), said, “It was nothing new to me. I had known about McCarrick myself for almost 20 years. I live in Baltimore, and a lot of the chancery there is—at least was—pretty much controlled by … [Read more...]

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Study: High correlation between homosexual priests and clerical abuse

Analysis by Catholic University sociologist finds strong relationship between proportion of homosexuals in the priesthood and incidence of sexual abuse by the clergy

A new study from the Ruth Institute has demonstrated a high correlation between the proportion of homosexuals in the Catholic priesthood and the incidence of sexual abuse by the clergy. The study conducted by Father Paul Sullins, a Catholic University sociologist, found that the percentage of homosexual men in the priesthood has risen sharply. The study also found a disturbing … [Read more...]

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Synod on Youth releases final report

Says the Church must find new ways of presenting its teaching on sexuality and continue to accompany and listen to people with same-sex attraction

The final report of the fifteenth general session of the Synod of Bishops, held on the topics of young people, faith, and vocational discernment, was released Saturday. The document says the Church must find new ways of presenting its teaching on sexuality and continue to “accompany” and “listen to” people with same-sex attraction. The final draft of the synod report was … [Read more...]

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Meals on Wheels asks California recipients: Are you gay?

Questions about sexual orientation and transgender status required by state law

Carol Alexander received a phone call from Sacramento County’s Meals on Wheels program last Friday and it wasn’t her usual case worker. Alexander, 83, said she was hit with a barrage of about a half-dozen questions she considered invasive or unnecessary: What is your sex? Do you still associate with your gender? Are you heterosexual? Are you white or Hispanic? “I was in … [Read more...]

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‘Transgender’ could be defined out of existence by Trump administration

Proposed regulation by Department of Health and Human Services: “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth”

The Trump administration is considering defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth. … [Read more...]

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Embattled pastoral associate at San Diego parish submits resignation

Aaron Bianco, who had been the target of criticism for his apparent homosexual lifestyle and support for gay causes, submitted his resignation to Bishop Robert McElroy on Oct. 18

The pastoral associate of a San Diego parish in the heart of the city's well-known gay-friendly Hillcrest neighborhood has submitted his resignation "out of fear for my family and myself." In an Oct. 19 email to friends and associates, Aaron Bianco, who submitted his resignation to Bishop Robert McElroy, said he had "endured physical and emotional violence from groups like … [Read more...]

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Anti-counseling bill shelved

Assembly Bill 2943 would have barred adults from obtaining counseling that did not affirm homosexual inclinations

In a surprising move, a California legislator announced that he is dropping his efforts to have certain types of LGBT-related counseling declared “fraudulent” and “deceptive.” Assembly Member Evan Low released a statement on his website to announce that, after meeting with numerous religious leaders who were concerned about the bill, he will re-work the legislation for a … [Read more...]

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Do voter ID laws discriminate against transgender voters?

UCLA study claims at least 78,000 transgender individuals could be prevented from voting in 2018 elections because their ID doesn't match their chosen identity

University of California, Los Angeles research institute has issued a report suggesting that voter ID laws discriminate against transgender voters.   The report released by the Williams Institute—a research institute at the UCLA School of Law that focuses largely on the LGBT community and “the impact of law and policy on their health and well-being”—identifies eight states … [Read more...]

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California Senate passes measure outlawing conversion therapy

Bill's sponsor says it will stop "harmful and deceptive practices," opponents vow lawsuit

The California Senate has passed a bill that would inhibit the church's ability to teach on sexuality and anyone seeking counseling to change their same-sex attraction. It does that by outlawing sexual orientation change efforts. The bill (AB2943) now heads back to the California Assembly for a "concurrence" vote where it's expected to pass.  The assembly previously passed the … [Read more...]

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Hollywood groups want more transgender inclusion in movies

More than 45 groups, talent agencies, and production companies have released an open letter demanding that the film industry depict transgender characters more often and in more flattering ways

A coalition of more than 45 groups, talent agencies, and production companies released an open letter Tuesday demanding that the film industry depict transgender characters more often and in more flattering ways. A joint project of the gay lobbying group GLAAD and the Time’s Up group’s 5050by2020 initiative, the letter’s signatories include the American Civil Liberties … [Read more...]

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