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Gays, History & A New Bishop of Rome    

Gays, History & A New Bishop of Rome    

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Imma Battaglia leaned in to tell me a story of intrigue — about secret closed door agreements between the Catholic Church and political figures. It all seemed farfetched in the modern era, more akin to the Borgias’ rise to power or something from Machiavelli’s “The Prince.” “You know, it is a part […]

Bishop Says Pope Francis “Shocked” at Idea of Gay Adoption

Bishop Says Pope Francis “Shocked” at Idea of Gay Adoption

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Pope Francis, recently named as the Advocate’s Person of the Year, was “shocked” at the thought of gay and lesbian couples adopting children, according to Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta. The Daily Telegraph of London reported that Scicluna, in an interview with the Times of Malta, said, “We discussed many aspects… […]

Noting Pope Francis Is “Not Pro-Gay,” Advocate Names Him Person of the Year

Noting Pope Francis Is “Not Pro-Gay,” Advocate Names Him Person of the Year

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Writing that “Pope Francis is still not pro-gay by today’s standard,” the Advocate magazine has named the new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics its Person of the Year. “Like it or not, what he says makes a difference,” the magazine argued in making its announcement on December 16. “Sure, […]

Where Does Francis’ New Balance Leave Gays, Women?

Where Does Francis’ New Balance Leave Gays, Women?

BY ANDY HUMM | When we last left Pope Francis I, he was flying over the Atlantic saying, “If a person is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge him?” With his feet on the ground in Rome, in a wide-ranging interview in the Jesuit magazine America, […]

Francis In-Flight: Second Coming or Papal Bull?

Francis In-Flight: Second Coming or Papal Bull?

BY ANDY HUMM | Pope Francis hit the beach in Rio late last month, telling millions of the faithful to get the Church “closer to the people” and “get rid of clericalism.” “Don’t forget,” he concluded. “Make trouble.” On his flight back from Brazil, Francis made some trouble of his own during an unprecedented 80-minute give […]

Can Pope Francis Forestall the Vatican’s Irrelevance?

Can Pope Francis Forestall the Vatican’s Irrelevance?

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | During my years of covering Buenos Aires and living there, I have photographed an equal number of Christmas Eve Midnight Masses held at Catedral Metropolitana, the city’s main Catholic church, and Gay Pride marches, which step off from in front of the same building. One of those events has stagnated, with fewer […]

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