The religious leaders featured in the inauguration ceremony represent the agenda of the incoming president, which is why LGBTQ people have reason to fear.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Pope Francis is messing with the narrative that anti-LGBT activists and leaders have been building. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bill Donohue are scrambling to explain how nothing has changed, when in fact, it has.
In Bizarre Move, Bishop Who Ousted Gay Catholic from Parish Rejects 18,000 Signatures, Sends Them Back
On April 11, Nicholas Coppola delivered over 18,000 signatures gathered through Faithful America to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, asking that Nicholas be once again allowed to volunteer with his parish, after getting married to his husband. On April 23, Bishop William Murphy mailed them back, accompanied by one sentence: "FROM YOUR FAITHFUL ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP."
Nicholas Coppola, the Catholic man stripped of all volunteer duties after he married his husband, has launched a Change.org petition, inviting Cardinal Timothy Dolan to dinner and conversation about the relationship between the Roman Catholic hierarchy and LGBT people.
This week's religion news summary includes Bishop Timothy Dolan's statement about LGBT inclusion--along with stories of LGBT Catholics who have experienced exclusion. A rainbow house across from the Westboro Baptist Church caused a media stir, and the SCOTUS cases drew the support of faith leaders from across the country.
As Cardinal Dolan calls for a Roman Catholic Church open to LGBT people, one New York gay man finds himself removed from parish life.