Here’s one more piece in an expanding pile of evidence that while formal doctrine on gay and lesbian Catholics remains unchanged, ordinary mainstream Catholics are making a welcome for them in church. “US Catholic” is not a source I would normally regard as particularly radical or progressive, but they have just published not just one article, but an entire special section, dealing with the place of Lesbian and Gay Catholics in church, some of them highly topical: for example, see the piece originally published way back in 1997 that argued that the church would benefit from permitting same – sex weddings, in church!
Here’s the US Catholic full listing of articles, with links. I will be picking up on some of these for more extended discussion and reflection in later posts, but for now – explore them for yourselves. I would be most interested in your responses: which do you think are the most important and/or interesting?
US Catholic Special Section: Gay and lesbian Catholics
While legislation regarding same-sex marriage may have pushed gay and lesbian issues to the fore in recent years, the history of gay and lesbian Catholics and their relationship with the church has been a long, winding road. U.S. Catholic has been covering the issue for decades. We’ve collected a sample of articles from recent issues and from the archives by and about gay and lesbian Catholics. Read on to learn more.
Gays and lesbians have made big strides toward acceptance in society at large, but many struggle to be at home in a church still unsure about their place at the table.
The parents of GLBT Catholics have a lot to say about the church and their children.
Pride and prejudice: A timeline
A brief history of the relationship between GLBT Catholics and their church.
The news of a son’s or daughter’s homosexuality brings with it many challenges. Some parents move through the tears and isolation into helping the church do a better job of welcoming their children.
Which path do we choose when the twain of experience and church teaching don’t meet?
Church teaching on gay and lesbian people must reflect their dignity as God’s daughters and sons.
What I learned from Father Dan
Many gay priests have served and continue to serve our church well. Let’s not make them scapegoats for the sins of others.
Defying the current scapegoating and stereotypes, a priest shares his journey and struggle
Thoughts from a gay teacher in a Catholic school
A junior high teacher yearns to be a positive gay role model in her Catholic school. But she wonders, “Does the church love me as much as I love it?
Let’s watch our language about gays and lesbians
Official statements calling gays and lesbians “disordered” and “violent” do little to make them feel welcomed and respected in the church. A pastor argues that it’s time to stop the name-calling and start treating gays and lesbians as brothers and sisters in Christ
Gay and lesbian Catholics beg to differ
Recognition of same-sex marriage is only one of the hotly contested issues involving gay and lesbian Catholics. There are many sides of the debate about homosexuality and the church.
A Roman Catholic man, former gay activist, and veteran of over a decade in a same-sex relationship argues why he and his partner have chosen a celibate relationship.
Let’s invite gay and lesbian Catholics to a church wedding
In this 1997 article that accompanies the one above, one Catholic argues that same-sex marriage would allow the church to encourage more loving, nurturing, and lasting relationships.
How one community struggles with the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policies.
There is room in the church for all human beings, no matter which way your sexuality tilts.
Out of the closet and into your living room
For most of the 20th century, movies and television have cast gay and lesbian characters as deviant bad guys. But as attitudes in the larger public change, so has Hollywood’s portrayal of gays.
(What I am not seeing, here or anywhere else, is comparable attention to the issues raised by gender identity or intersex, and the particular challenges that these present to simplistic Catholic assumptions of a binary gender divide).