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Thomas Paprocki

See Jesus in transgender people

In a recent column in the Catholic Times, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki addressed transgender issues in the context of the Boy Scouts’ recent decision to accept transgender youth among their ranks. After clarifying that local troops affiliated with Catholic schools and parishes will not follow suit, he proceeded to spread […]

We invite our bishops to include us LGBT Catholics wholeheartedly in the World Meeting of Families

The following op-ed by Jim Smith of Equally Blessed was published in the National Catholic Reporter on August 25, 2015, in preparation for the upcoming Equally Blessed pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in September. In just a few weeks, throngs of Catholics will enter the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. These people […]

Catholic Church infringing on personal lives

For several years now, we have seen a troubling trend in Catholic places of employment. Bishops are overstepping to meddle in employees' personal lives. Firing competent, beloved teachers for same-sex marriages, requiring whole staffs to agree to statements calling contraception evil, and forbidding discussion of women's equality in the church are now being included in morality clauses that administrators, teachers, and staff must sign.

New contracts, like the most recent one in San Francisco, now govern whom one can marry, use of birth control and other reproductive choices, and in the most egregious of cases, what events one can attend and whom one can and cannot associate with. Attending your nephew's wedding to his husband, or posting a congratulatory message on Facebook, could now cost you your job.

Catholic bishops in United Kingdom open dialogue before Synod on the Family

(This is an excerpt from an article written by Bob Shine of New Ways Ministry that was posted on Believe Out Loud.)

November 18, 2014- Such an open discussion is what is needed here in the United States, and it was exactly that kind of discussion that Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic groups that work for LGBT equality, asked of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) last week. Coalition members including Call To ActionDignityUSAFortunate FamiliesNew Ways Ministry, sent a letter to the conference last week in which they asked the bishops the following:

The Shame of the Catholic Workplace

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.