• Congregations – except Catholics – more accepting of gays

    • Sep 11, 2014

    Overall acceptance of gays and lesbians in American religious congregations rose significantly between 2006 and 2012, but it declined in Catholic congregations, according to a new survey. Duke University’s National Congregations Study, derived from interviews with representatives of 1,331 American congregations, was released Thursday. The study found overall acceptance of

  • Catholic League bowing out of St. Patrick’s parade

    • Sep 11, 2014

    The Catholic League said Thursday that it will sit out next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York because event organizers aren’t letting an anti-abortion group march. The group, formally known as the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has been marching for 20 years, said its president,

  • Politician singles out gay preacher in victory speech

    • Sep 10, 2014

    It happened in Massachusetts, where gay marriage became legal in 2004 and most residents are way past fretting over who’s gay and who’s not. Still, it’s unusual – if not unprecedented – for a marine combat veteran and politician to single out a gay preacher in his victory speech. Yet

  • Fired church musician meets with Cardinal George

    • Sep 9, 2014

    As bishops prepare to gather for a meeting to discuss a range of family issues, including pastoral care to gay and lesbian Catholics, an openly gay church musician in Chicago met with that city’s archbishop today to plead for his job back. Colin Collette was fired in July from his

  • Are changes in American culture pushing out Catholics?

    • Sep 8, 2014

    Does the acceptance of same-sex marriage and contraception mean Catholics are being pushed out of the public square? One prominent American cardinal thinks so. News last week that the 2015 New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will allow an openly gay group to march for the first time raised an eyebrow

  • Are Catholic conservatives turning on Cardinal Dolan?

    • Sep 5, 2014

    NEW YORK — Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s positive reaction to this week’s decision by organizers of New York’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade to allow gay groups to march under their own banners initially drew charitable responses in many Catholic Church circles. But it didn’t take long for conservative church critics