Time Magazine’s selection of Pope Francis as its Person of the Year recognizes the significant new energy and focus the Pope has brought to Catholicism over the past nine months. His pastoral attitude toward marginalized people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, is changing the prosecutorial tone that has prevailed in many corners of the church, although there are still many places where the Pope’s message seems to fall on deaf ears.
On November 12, 2013, a group of 15 progressive Catholic organizations (including all four Equally Blessed coalition partners) launched an on-line survey to enable U.S. Catholics to provide input to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and to the Vatican in preparation for an upcoming Synod on the Family. Over 1,200 Catholics completed the survey within the first three hours after it was made available.
To our brothers in Christ, the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Much has changed since you last gathered in Baltimore to discern where God is leading our Church and how we as Catholics should respond. Many of these changes are bringing great hope to Catholics, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics and our families. We have a new Pope, a man who desires to move the church beyond ideological battles and to emphasize mercy, not judgment, in the way Church leaders govern.
Equally Blessed coalition says U. S. bishops must end multi-million dollar efforts to marginalize LGBT people WASHINGTON, D. C., September 19, 2013–The Equally Blessed coalition today released the following statement on remarks made by Pope Francis in an interview with the Rev. Antonio Sporado, S. J., editor in chief of La Civiltà […]
The list keeps getting longer.
A teacher in New York City. An organist near Atlanta. A teacher in Chicago. A music director in Charlotte. A teacher in Columbus.
At an accelerating rate, Catholic schools and churches around the country are firing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees who have decided that they can no longer deny who they are and whom they love.
Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic organizations is sponsoring six young Roman Catholics are on their way to the church’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janiero. Their message: that the church must treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with respect and advocate them. Lauren Carpenter, 27, a social […]
One of the individuals responsible for organizing a recent pilgrimage to Brazil to relay a pro-LGBT message is the recently appointed director of Ohio University’s LGBT Center, 31-year-old Delfin Bautista. Six Roman Catholic pilgrims from across the United States recently banded together to deliver their pro-LGBT message to fellow attendees […]
"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
Who am I to judge? Those five words rocked the world Monday because, well, they were spoken by the pope. By now, there have been countless reports and analyses on the statement. Many applauded the Holy Father while some were quick to downplay the significance. But none revealed the true source of the pope's tonal conversion: six brave souls from the Equally Blessed coalition.
I'm giving them the credit.