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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Not a gay resort

Honduran bishops deny culture of homosexuality at national seminary

The Honduran bishops' conference on Monday denied there exists a homosexual culture at the national seminary, as suggested by a recent report from the National Catholic Register. “With complete certainty and truth, we affirm there does not exist, nor has there existed, nor ought there exist in the seminary an atmosphere as presented by the aforementioned National Catholic … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Seán O’Malley: McCarrick’s alleged behavior “morally unacceptable”

Boston archbishop says Church needs to deal with bishops who break the vow of celibacy

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s alleged behaviour was “morally unacceptable and incompatible with the role of a priest, bishop or cardinal,” Cardinal Seán O’Malley has said. Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston and a leading “fixer” in the clerical sex abuse crisis, issued a statement addressing the allegations against Cardinal McCarrick. “Each new report of clerical … [Read more...]

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Dominican retreat center to host lesbian sisters

“Gracious Embodiment: Embracing a Capricious Sexuality” is sponsored by New Ways Ministry

California Catholic Daily exclusive. This July, a letter and brochure was mailed from New Ways Ministry to religious communities of women around the country. The letter, signed by the notorious Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SL, was an invitation to an upcoming conference, and said, in part: “Dear Sister…In order to network lesbian sisters with congregational leaders and … [Read more...]

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“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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