Pope Francis continues non-judgement of LGBT people. Will the hierarchy follow his lead?
In an interview with a Jesuit reporter, Pope Francis criticized the Roman Catholic hierarchy's focus on persecuting LGBT people.
Father Peter Daly: The Catholic Church should support Boy Scouts' LGBT inclusion
Father Peter Daly, a The National Catholic Reporter columnist, published an op-ed praising the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to include gay youth. Father Daly, a pastor and former Scout, outlines why it is in the Church's and BSA's best interests to support inclusion for all Scouts.
Documentary 'Memories of a Penitent Heart' holds first public event
"Memories of a Penitent Heart" is a documentary in the making about "love, God, and inequality." On Thursday, June 20th, director Cecilia Aldarondo will be hosting a discussion about the film's themes, as well as viewing an excerpt from the film.
Bishop is asked to attend discussion panel on LGBT employees
In response to the Columbus Diocese refusal to reinstate Carla Hale as a physical education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School, Amanda Finelli of #halestormOhio and Glen Skeen of Pride @ Work Ohio have invited the bishop to attend a discussion panel on the topic of LGBT employees and faith-based workplaces.
Ohio Pro-LGBT Catholic uninvited to speak at graduation
Two months ago, Franklin County Commissioner in Ohio, John O'Grady, was given the honor of delivering the commencement speech at Bishop Ready High School. Just prior to the graduation ceremony, O'Grady was contacted by school officials to tell him he would no longer be needed for the commencement speech because of O'Grady's position as co-chairman of the Freedom to Marry initiative supporting marriage equality in the state of Ohio.
Gay bishops and Mormon Boy Scout Pride: the LGBT Religion News Summary for June 5, 2013
The ELCA elected their first openly gay, Native-American bishop, and a gay Catholic priest opens up about his hidden life in the Catholic church. A Mormon basketball player becomes the first out college player at his small Catholic college, anti-LGBT tensions rise in Nigeria, and the UK sees its first Muslim lesbian partnership. Click through to read these stories and more in the religion news summary for June 5th, 2013.
UPDATE: Catholic Church Rejects Nicholas Coppola's Petition for Reinstatement
Nicholas Coppola, the gay Catholic man who was removed from his volunteer ministerial responsibilities at his Long Island parish after marrying his longtime partner, delivered a petition calling for his reinstatement to his bishop. In less than a week, the petition garnered over 18,000 signatures.
Story to Watch: Nicholas Coppola and His Struggle with Catholic Hierarchy Gains Wider Attention
The story of Nicholas Coppola, an openly gay Catholic man who was asked to leave his Long Island parish after marrying his boyfriend, continues to develop and spread to wider media sources.