Church must reconcile with LGBT+ Catholics

Church must reconcile with LGBT+ Catholics

Among younger Catholics the Church’s traditional language is frankly incomprehensible....

The Tablet editorial claims that among younger Catholics the Church’s traditional language about gay men and women, especially the phrase “intrinsically disordered”, is frankly incomprehensible. It implies they are deficient and in some way inferior to heterosexuals because their sexual inclinations are inherently unnatural and sinful. This teaching itself can be harmful.

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From Charter for Compassion to our Muslim family in New Zealand

From Charter for Compassion to our Muslim family in New Zealand

And (remember) Job, when he cried to his Lord, ‘Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy.’ …...

We are wounded and we bear the sorrow of our brothers and sisters in New Zealand. A new wave of terror has passed through yet another country, ending the lives of 49 Muslims who gathered in prayer. We stand in disbelief that still another terrorist act has traumatized us into a state of confusion and hopelessness. We must not let this happen. The massacre that occurred in New Zealand is not an isolated incident, it was not perpetrated by a small group of white-supremacists or white nationalists. It represents a reality in which Muslims live throughout the world. Each of us, must work in our own way, to stop the hatred that is so well planted and grown throughout the globe. We need to continue to use our minds and voices to stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors, whether they live in our community, or in camps in Bangladesh. The Charter created a Islamophobia Handbook a few years ago.  The first section, “Speaking Out and Taking Action,” may be very helpful to all of us as we navigate through these difficult times.

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Why did John Paul ll  fail to address sexual abuse in the Church

Why did John Paul ll fail to address sexual abuse in the Church

Clifford Longley writing in The Tablet lays blame for failure to address sex abuse scandal at door of John Paul ll’s pre- Vatican ll conservatism...

Longley writes:

“In all the soul searching in the Catholic Church over clerical child abuse and its cover-up, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the role played by Pope John Paul II. There seems to be a conscious refusal, particularly in the right-wing Catholic media, to acknowledge the responsibility he bore for years of evasion, negligence and even criminal complicity. John Paul II is their model, their hero. His image must not be tarnished.”

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Gay man facing deportation supported by Open Table

Gay man facing deportation supported by Open Table

Man hopes to submit a fresh asylum claim based on new evidence and is being supported by Kieran Bohan, a chaplain at the Liverpool YMCA and network…...

The Guardian reports that a man faces deportation to Malaysia, where homosexuality is illegal, after the Home Office said it did not believe he was gay – suggesting it was suspicious that he did not have a boyfriend.

Open Table Video re the campaign for Yew Fook Sam

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