John Freml

35 posts

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Media Advisory: Equally Blessed announces ChurchWorkerJustice.org, a new web resource for LGBTQI church workers

A coalition of Catholic organizations that work for LGBTQI equality has launched a website to combat unjust hiring and firing practices targeted at LGBTQI individuals at Catholic institutions, including schools, hospitals, parishes and social service organizations. ChurchWorkerJustice.org is a project of the Equally Blessed coalition and was developed in collaboration […]

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As Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis Deepens, Conservative Circles Blame Gay Priests

“Our church’s very unhealthy attitudes about sexuality in general and homosexuality in particular really need to be addressed,” says Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, a Catholic LGBT advocacy group. Duddy-Burke sees the abuse crisis in the context of what she considers Catholic church homophobia. “Whenever the church is under stress, […]

Paul Kalchik

Local priest’s planned Rainbow flag burning shut down by Chicago Archdiocese

“We are grateful that the Chicago Archdiocese quickly and firmly rejects the words of this pastor and his intended ‘ritual’ which are inconsistent with Catholic values and beliefs,” said DignityUSA President and Dignity/Chicago member Chris Pett. “It appears that this pastor was hijacking the parish to promote an extreme, ultra-conservative […]

Mary McAleese

Mary McAleese and Theologians to Challenge Vatican Teaching on the Eve of the Papal Visit

– For immediate release – Time:   Monday, 20th August at 4.00pm Place:  Trinity School of Religion, ISE-Loyola Building, Trinity College Dublin Dr. Mary McAleese, will launch the Wijngaards Institute’s new academic research report on ‘LGBT Catholics & Gender Theologies’ during a press conference on Monday, August 20. This will be followed by a panel discussion confronting […]

Pope Francis

‘God loves you’: How the pope’s inclusive comments on homosexuality could change America’s Catholic schools

During a recent interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, Juan Carlos Cruz — a Chilean sex abuse survivor — shared a groundbreaking anecdote from a meeting with Pope Francis. After the pope apologized for the abuse Cruz suffered at the hands of church leaders, Cruz said he opened up to Francis about the trauma that […]