The Tablet calls for the Church to reconcile with LGBT+ Catholics | Quest

Citing the recent successful pilgrimage to Rome by members and supporters of the LGBT+ group based at London’s Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, The Tablet (16 March 2019) describes the Church’s traditional language about gay men and women, especially the phrase “intrinsically disordered”, as “frankly incomprehensible”.

It continues: “The reconciliation of the Church with its gay and lesbian members cannot simply mean trying harder to persuade them to adhere to traditional teaching. If they fail, they can experience a burden of anxiety, guilt, and low self-worth which is a breeding ground for mental illness”.

The leading article acknowledges that “at a pastoral level there is increasing acceptance that gay Catholics benefit, just as others do, from being in loving, stable, long-term relationships”.

Source:  Quest

LGBT Catholics Westminster meet Pope Francis

LGBT Catholics Westminster meet Pope Francis


Cardinal Nichols said being in Rome was a ‘wonderful opportunity’ to enjoy the beautiful environment and ‘most especially, to deepen your faith’

LGBT Catholics Westminster meet Pope Francis

LGBT+ Catholics Westminster meet with Pope Francis
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LGBT+ Catholics Westminster met with Pope Francis during their pilgrimage to Rome.

On Ash Wednesday, 6 March, the 16 pilgrims, including parents and family members alongside LGBT Catholics with Pilgrimage Chaplain, Fr. David Stewart SJ, had privileged seats at the morning Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square. At the end of the General Audience the group was invited to meet Pope Francis. Each pilgrim received a gift of a rosary from Pope Francis who shook hands with the group’s members.

Was the Summit the Beginning of the End of Clericalism? – New Ways Ministry

The Vatican summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church has ended, and its effectiveness is being debated widely in the press.  Did it succeed in making progress on preventing and dealing with clergy sexual abuse?  Are the survivors of sexual abuse pleased or not with the results?  Is there hope that the Catholic Church will be different because of what transpired over three days of meetings in Rome?

A main theme at the summit was how the problem of clericalism has hampered the life of the Church and has been the main cause of the sex abuse crisis.  Although clericalism had emerged as an important theme before the summit, it was amazing to see how many speakers condemned it as a significant problem that the hierarchy must work to eradicate.

Summit the Beginning of the End of Clericalism? – New Ways Ministry

The Last Word on Gay Priests and Clergy Sexual Abuse? – New Ways Ministry

Two days ago, I posted that it seemed that the Vatican’s Protection of Minors in the Church summit was not discussing the  repeatedly debunked idea that gay priests are the cause of the clergy sex abuse crisis.  My evidence for this claim rested on the fact that in none of the Vatican’s written or oral reports did the topic come up, and when journalists raised the issue in interviews and press conferences, the theory was roundly rebuked. Two other press outlets, The New York Times and America magazine,  ha

Source: The Last Word on Gay Priests and Clergy Sexual Abuse? – New Ways Ministry

Welcome to my world: Notes on the reception of Frédéric Martel’s bombshell – ABC Religion & Ethics

So, the other shoe has finally dropped. The veil has been removed from what the French rather gloriously call a secret de Polichinelle ― an open secret: one that “everybody knows” but for which the evidence is both elusive and never really sought. The merely anecdotal is, at last, acquiring the contours of sociological visibility.

The structure of the clerical closet

Frédéric Martel’s book In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality and Hypocrisy is the first attempt of which I am aware at a properly researched answer to the question: “How and why is it that the principal institutional obstacle to LGBT rights at the worldwide level appears itself to be massively staffed by gay men?”

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Source: Welcome to my world: Notes on the reception of Frédéric Martel’s bombshell – ABC Religion & Ethics

Duplicity, hypocrisy of the prelates exposed in Martel’s ‘Closet’ book | National Catholic Reporter

People looking at cardinals’ vestments on display in the window of the Gammarelli tailor shop in Rome, 2014. (CNS/ Reuters/Max Rossi)

Deep inside Frédéric Martel’s earth-shaking exposé of clerical corruption, I came across the maxim attributed to Oscar Wilde, “Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.” In the Closet of the Vatican takes its reader deep inside the corridors of the Vatican as well as the apartments of curial cardinals and archbishops, where many, if not most, of the prelates Martel interviews lead lives of luxurious duplicity.

Source: Duplicity, hypocrisy of the prelates exposed in Martel’s ‘Closet’ book | National Catholic Reporter

The impact of gay conversion therapy on mental health in UK – Channel 4 News

A new report, shown exclusively to this programme, has revealed the psychological effect on people of faith who have undertaken so-called “gay conversion therapy”.

The study found that religious lesbian, gay and bisexual people experienced “significant harm”, with more than half reporting mental health issues, and nearly a third saying they had attempted suicide.

Source: The impact of gay conversion therapy on mental health in UK – Channel 4 News

Cupich: Data Clear that Homosexuality Not a Cause of Clergy Sexual Abuse – New Ways Ministry

A lead organizer for the Vatican’s summit on clergy sexual abuse this week has said homosexuality is neither a cause of abuse nor a central problem in the priesthood.

Answering journalists’ questions at a Vatican press conference on Monday, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago offered generally positive statements in support of gay priests. Cupich is a lead organizer for the summit, “The Protection of Minors in the Church,” beginning today, February 21, and running to February 24. A full schedule and program for the summit can be found here. For a brief explainer about the summit, click here.

Source: Cupich: Data Clear that Homosexuality Not a Cause of Clergy Sexual Abuse – New Ways Ministry

Polish nun ‘silenced’ for speaking out on abuse

Polish nun 'silenced' for speaking out on abuse

File Photo, Pope Francis greets a group of nuns during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 22
Photo: CNS photo/Paul Haring

Poland’s most senior nun has been banned from further media contact after condemning the sexual abuse of religious sisters by Catholic priests in her country, and welcoming the Pope’s recent highlighting of the issue.

Source: Polish nun ‘silenced’ for speaking out on abuse

Letter from German Catholics Calls for “New Start on Sexual Morality” – New Ways Ministry

Leading Catholics in Germany have released an open letter calling for a “new start with sexual morality” that includes a call for a re-evaluation of the church’s approach to homosexuality.

“[N]ine theologians and Catholics in leadership positions have called for reforms within the church. They call for a ‘new start with sexual morality’, including a ‘reasonable and equitable assessment of homosexuality,’ according to the letter in the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung (FAS). ‘If you put yourself at the head of the reform movement, you have us determinedly behind you,’ says the appeal, which is also addressed to all other bishops. ‘Open a new page, write “2019” on it, and start,’ write the signatories. . .

“Furthermore, the theologians demand a ‘genuine separation of powers’ in the church: ‘This fits better with the humility of Christ and within the framework of the laws that apply to all.’ They also call for an opening of the ordination office for women and the abolition of compulsory celibacy for diocesan priests. . .The theologians also urged Marx to point out at the [Vatican] conference that abuse in the church ‘also has systemic reasons’. . .They also speak of a depressed mood in the parishes: ‘The sun of justice is no longer possible, and under a leaden sky the joy of faith withers away.’”

Source: Letter from German Catholics Calls for “New Start on Sexual Morality” – New Ways Ministry