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      Archbishop Desmond Tutu: I would rather go to Hell than worship a homophobic�God

      by James Park
      27July2013, 12:30pm

      Archbishop Desmond Tutu, famous for his role in ending�Apartheid, has said that he would rather go to Hell if he discovered that God was homophobic.


      Pope Says He Won�t Judge Gay Priests

      by Nicole Winfield

      Associated Press

      Monday Jul 29, 2013

      Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn�t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.

      "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked.


      Archbishop of Canterbury: �Popular opinion on equal marriage is not a case for changing obedience to�God�

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      30July2013, 1:42pm

      Speaking at a Christian conference, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said that popular opinion on equal marriage is �not a case for changing obedience to God�.


      Pope Francis: Who am I to judge gay�people?

      by Scott Roberts
      29July2013, 12:59pm

      In a significant development Pope Francis has said that gay people should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society.


      July 29, 2013

      Will Francis� Statements on Women and Gays �Make a Mess� Inside the Church?

      By Mary E. Hunt

      Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D., is a feminist theologian who is co-founder and co-director of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. A Roman Catholic active in the women-church movement, she lectures and writes on theology and ethics with particular attention to liberation issues.

      Pope Francis made his first foray abroad since becoming pope and by all accounts his stock is up. In the case of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, however, the encore will be more important than the performance itself. Will his comments on the plane ride home regarding the role of women and��the�gay lobby� translate into changes inside the institutional church? One can only hope, though it remains too early to tell.�

      I wasn�t there, but I watched enough live coverage to get a feel for the scene at Copacabana Beach. Whether I wanted it or not, I probably earned the plenary indulgence promised to his Twitter followers! These Vatican people think of everything from age to age.�


      [Called Out Editors� Note:� We thought this was interesting and needed to go in both the Religion and Marriage posts.� We�ve known about this book almost since it was published.� One of us has a friend that does go on about this book.]

      Christian church performed same-sex marriages almost 2,000 years�ago

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      30July2013, 9:37pm

      A book by historian John Boswell around the origins of equal marriage is being released in digital edition for the first time in August, and discusses that almost 2,000 years ago, the Christian church performed same-sex weddings.


      July 30, 2013 3:45PM

      U.S. [Catholic] Bishops Have No Trouble Judging Gays

      Post by Peter Montgomery

      Pope Francis�s informal comments about gay people � �Who am I to judge them if they�re seeking the Lord in good faith?� � have drawn a lot of attention, including a valuable context-providing analysis�from Mary Hunt here on RD.

      The remarks stood out because their gracious tone toward gay people is a striking departure from the rhetoric of this pope�s immediate predecessor -- so striking, in fact, that Thomas Reese, a priest and former editor of the Jesuit-published America magazine, wrote, "The pope made it clear that there is no room for homophobia either in the church or society. But if I had said what he said 24 hours before he said it, I would have been reported to the archbishop."


      Analysis: Pope�s Revolution; Not All are Pleased

      by Nicole Winfield

      Associated Press

      Wednesday Jul 31, 2013

      The Francis Revolution is underway. Not everyone is pleased.

      Four months into his papacy, Francis has called on young Catholics in the trenches to take up spiritual arms to shake up a dusty, doctrinaire church that is losing faithful and relevance. He has said women must have a greater role - not as priests, but a place in the church that recognizes that Mary is more important than any of the apostles. And he has turned the Vatican upside down, quite possibly knocking the wind out of a poisonously homophobic culture by merely uttering the word "gay" and saying: so what?


      Pope�s Comments Push LGBTQ Equality Issues Forward

      by David �Perry

      EDGE Contributor

      Thursday Aug 1, 2013

      Pope Francis stunned Catholics and several other denominations when he declared, "If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?"

      The Pontiff, speaking in Italian, was fielding questions from reporters during his return to Rome after a successful tour in Brazil when the question of gays in the priesthood, and the rumor of the "gay lobby" that supposedly forced his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI into retirement.


      [Called Out Editors� Note:� We include this only to demonstrate the level of invective some so-called religious leaders will stoop to.]

      Anti-gay evangelist accuses US Supreme Court judge of being a��homosexualist�

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      2August2013, 5:50pm

      An anti-gay evangelist has written a column which accuses one of the US Supreme Court justices of being a �homosexualist� for ruling in favour of �gay rights in the past.


      Archbishop of Detroit: Pope�s comments on gay people represent �no�change�

      by Corinne Pinfold
      3August2013, 12:30pm

      The Archbishop of Detroit has spoken out over excitement about Pope Francis� seemingly progressive comments on homosexuality, arguing that the pontiff �didn�t say anything different� to established Catholic teaching.


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