Francis DeBernardo has served since 1996 as Executive Director of New Ways Ministry, a 36-year old national Catholic ministry of justice and reconciliation for LGBT Catholics and the wider Church community. He has conducted programs on LGBT issues and Catholicism in religious and secular settings throughout the United States. He is the author of Marriage Equality: A Positive Catholic Approach. He is the editor and main contributor to Bondings 2.0, a daily blog of news and opinion covering Catholic LGBT topics. He was the keynote speaker at the conference on religion and LGBT issues at the first World Pride event in Rome, Italy, and was a featured speaker at an interfaith conference at World Pride 2012 in London, England.
A new survey reveals that a majority of Catholics oppose allowing small business owners in their state to refuse products or services to gay and lesbian people, if doing so violates their religious beliefs.
The data from PRRI shows that 63% of Hispanic Catholics and 61% of White Catholics oppose refusals based on religious beliefs.
New York City is divided up into two dioceses: the Archdiocese of New York covers three city boroughs–Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island–and seven upstate counties, while the Brooklyn Diocese covers the city’s other two boroughs–Brooklyn and Queens.
During Lent in England’s Diocese of Brentwood, the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Helen scheduled a Mass for the LGBT community, in honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. While the Dean of the Cathedral, Fr. Martin Boland, presided at the liturgy, the homily, based on the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) which was the Gospel of the day, was delivered by Fr.
Today’s Ash Wednesday. Wait! What? Already? I still have to put some boxes of Christmas decorations back in the attic.
Lent begins early this year—probably about the earliest that it can be. But, truth be told, Lent always kind of creeps up on me. I never seem ready to begin 40 days of fasting, prayer, and renewing my relationship with God.
Of course, my Lenten resolutions, like my New Year resolutions, end up having a very short life span.
Below is the latest installment of Bondings 2.0’s report from the Synod on Marriage and Family in Rome. New Ways Ministry’s Executive Director Francis DeBernardo continues to send news and commentary from this meeting. Previous posts can be reached by clicking here.