Roman Catholicism takes an official stance against homosexuality, and gay marriage. Nevertheless, its dominate Jesuit order, has been outspoken in its promotion, and advocacy for homosexuality, and gay marriage. In this way, Rome can be seen on both sides of the struggle that deceives many conservative Christians into partnering with Rome as they fight against the, so-called, “common enemy” that Rome claims to have. The whole while, conservatives do not take the time to realize that their, Roman Catholic, allies are also on the other side fighting against them. Neither do these Christians stop to remember the claim that says “many homosexuals are the result of child molestation”, and one of the oldest institutions that molests children is Roman Catholicism. Therefore, the conservatives’ partner within the cultural crusade to reclaim the nation for God, is actually one of the chief producers of homosexuals.
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With the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s very public battle against same-sex marriage and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s recent condemnation of Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley’s sexual ethics book, Just Love, it seems hard to remember a time when the Roman Catholic Church wasn’t fixated on LGBT issues.
In “Taking a Chance on God,” Irish-born filmmaker Brendan Fay reminds us that not only is this struggle relatively new in church history, but the momentum behind the movement began with one courageous priest and his groundbreaking book.
The film offers a portrait of John McNeill, the Jesuit priest who was silenced in 1977 for his book The Church and the Homosexualand, nine years later, was expelled from his order for refusing to stay silent in his ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics.
The film had its New York City premiere this weekend as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the New York chapter of Dignity USA, a community McNeill helped found. The film includes a number of insightful interviews from fellow priest activist Dan McCarthy, theologian Mary Hunt, openly gay priest Bernard Lynch, gay rights activist Ginny Appuzzo, and the late activist Jesuit Fr. Robert Carter.
Fay’s documentary offers a full depiction of McNeill’s life as well as a window into the gay struggle for liberation in both church and society amid the terrifying backdrop of the AIDS crisis. Two sections of the film are particularly powerful: McNeill’s calling to the priesthood and his calling forth out of the silence imposed on him by the Vatican.
A Jesuit priest who serves as pastor of a parish in the Archdiocese of Seattle has told National Public Radio that opposition to same-sex marriage is a denial of civil rights.
Loyola Marymount to Promote Gay “Marriage,” Cancels Fundraiser
Responding to concerns raised by The Cardinal Newman Society, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has stopped describing a campus performance on September 7 as a fundraiser for the gay-rights organization that is challenging California’s ban on same-sex “marriage.”
But LMU appears to be pushing forward with the event, featuring a student and faculty reading of the play “8” which promotes gay “marriage.”
The two organizations that were to receive donations are the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, which together have licensed readings of the play “8” at colleges and other venues nationwide. AFER is fighting in federal court to overturn California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex “marriage,” and the case is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Broadway Impact is an organization of actors, directors and playwrights to promote same-sex “marriage.”
As of Monday, LMU’s online calendar and the website of its Office of LGBT Student Services promoted the event as a fundraiser for AFER and Broadway Impact. The director of LGBT Student Services, Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht, was identified as the organizer.
GU Pride is commited to working for a more just and equitable society, one in which all LGBTQ people are fully accepted by the world around them. Throughout the upcoming year, we will be organizing and sponsoring various opportunities for all members of the Georgetown community to work toward ending discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
We will do this by:
- Promoting the elimination of prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
- Providing access and referrals for all individuals to the resources of the LGBTQA community
- Providing opportunities to develop individual well-being and community cohesiveness
- Providing educational resources and events for the Georgetown population at large about the LGBTQA community
We also host a number of social events for members and non-members alike to come, have fun, relax, and just have a generally good time.
Former NFL Commissioner Paul J. Tagliabue and his wife, Chandler Tagliabue, have donated $1 million to Georgetown University for the creation of a new program to assist LGBT students.
In a statement released on Oct. 26, the university said the gift will establish the Tagliabue Initiative for LGBT Life: Fostering Formation and Transformation, which will be overseen by Georgetown University’s LGBTQ Resource Center.
The LGBTQ Resource Center, the first such center at a Catholic university, opened on the Georgetown campus in 2008.
“The Center is inspired by Catholic and Jesuit principles of respect for the dignity of all and education of the whole person, and we are very pleased to support its services that provide a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for LGBTQ students and promote their acceptance in the entire campus community,” the Tagliabues said in the statement.
The Rev. Robert Carter, who in the early 1970s was one of the first Roman Catholic priests in the country to declare publicly that he was gay and who helped found the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, died Feb. 22 in the Bronx. He was 82.
His death, at a Jesuit health care facility, was confirmed by the Rev. Thomas R. Slon, executive assistant to the provincial of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus.
Father Carter’s coming out was a very public one. In October 1973, Dr. Howard J. Brown, a former New York City health services administrator, announced that he was gay and that he was forming a civil rights organization for homosexual men and women. Then called the National Gay Task Force, it later became the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
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