“If you have even the slightest doubt it’s better not to let them enter”

Report: Pope Francis affirms Church practice against admitting gay men to seminary

In a closed-door speech to Italian bishops on Monday, Pope Francis spoke about the number and quality of seminary candidates, including concerns about their sexual orientation. At the start of his May 21 audience with Italian bishops, Pope Francis voiced three areas of concern for the Church in Italy, the first of which was the lack of vocations. Francis' brief remarks on his … [Read more...]

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“They have the Constitution on their side”

LA Times editorial: Target 'gay conversion therapy,' not religion

The following is an opinion piece by the LA Times editorial board: In 2012 California enacted a law that bars licensed mental health providers from engaging in therapy designed to change the sexual orientation of patients under the age of 18. Now the state Senate is considering a sequel of sorts. But this new legislation is broader in its application — so broad that some … [Read more...]

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Lawmakers take new approach to force LGBT activist acceptance

Pending bill in California that would make all reparative therapy illegal

The battle over religious freedom has reached a fever pitch in California, where lawmakers are taking a new approach to punish traditional beliefs about sex and gender. Assembly Bill (AB) 2943 declares acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) status and behavior to be a matter of science.  From that opening premise, the bill proceeds to subject skeptics … [Read more...]

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San Diego bishop: Some Catholics have ‘corrosive and repugnant’ views on homosexuality

Bishop Robert McElroy was quoted in New York Times op-ed that focused on another Catholic venue rescinding speaking engagement from controversial Jesuit Father James Martin

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy said recently that there is “repugnant” and “corrosive” bigotry toward individuals identifying as LGBT on the part of “a group of people across all religious views.” This “particularly antagonistic” regard for LGBT individuals by people in this group generates from the depths of the souls, Bishop McElroy said. It is a reality that must be faced … [Read more...]

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Priest’s book offers Catholics advice on how to discuss same-sex attraction

"Made for Love: Same-Sex Attractions and the Catholic Church," written by Father Michael Schmitz and published by Ignatius Press, offers guidance on how to talk about subject "without pushing away those who view it differently than the Church"

Driven by his love for his brother, who identifies as a gay man, and seeing how, all too often, young adults often fall in love with the Catholic Church but lose interest when it comes to its teachings on same-sex attraction, Father Michael Schmitz wrote the new book MADE FOR LOVE: SAME-SEX ATTRACTIONS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.  The disconnect between the teachings of the … [Read more...]

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When words must be defined

San Diego Diocesan spokesman who discussed Always Our Children appears ill-informed about the document

  The following Letter to the Editor was published in the November 23, edition of The Wanderer. The October 19 Wanderer article by Dexter Duggan covering the San Diego Diocese’ 20th Anniversary of “Always our Children” (AOC), clearly pointed out the pro-homosexual culture in San Diego.  What was worse, however, is the abysmal ignorance of the Diocesan spokesman who … [Read more...]

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San Diego Auxiliary Bishop delivers homily at St. John the Evangelist parish on anniversary of “Always Our Children”

Bishop John Dolan: "These words offered by the U.S. bishops 20 years ago are my sentiments exactly"

San Diego Catholic Diocese Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan delivered the following Homily during the Mass today at St. John the Evangelist parish to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the "Always Our Children" message from the U.S. Bishops (full text): Parents and family members of LGBT children – God’s children – and to all of you gathered today: It is a joy to be with you this … [Read more...]

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San Diego parish to celebrate “All Our Children” anniversary

Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan will join Father Lucio Castillo at St. John the Evangelist Church to celebrate Mass on 20th anniversary of controversial 1997 pastoral document from USCCB

The following comes from the San Diego LGBT Weekly: San Diego Catholic Diocese Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan and Father Lucio Castillo are about to celebrate a historic Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church on the 20th anniversary of a pastoral document offered in 1997 as an “outstretched hand” from the nation’s bishops to “families of the LGBT community.” “For us as a … [Read more...]

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Some saints ‘were probably gay’

Faithful Catholics may be in for a surprise when they “get to heaven to be greeted by LGBT men and women,” according to newly appointed Vatican advisor Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Faithful Catholics may be in for a “surprise” when they “get to heaven to be greeted by LGBT men and women,” said a controversial Catholic priest who was appointed by Pope Francis last month to the Vatican’s communications office. Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin, editor-at-large of the Jesuit-run America magazine, made the comment on his Facebook page May 5 after posting a link … [Read more...]

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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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