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Pope Breaks With Other Old Guys

BY ED SIKOV | Dateline Rome: “A Chilean survivor of clerical sex abuse has said that Pope Francis told him in a private meeting this month that God had made him gay and that both God and the pontiff loved him that way, a remarkable expression of inclusion for the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. […]

From Paris to Peru: Women Daring the Streets

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I was sitting on the Paris metro last week when some guy of about 30 plopped himself down next to the teenage girl across from me and began to ask, “Where are you going? What stop are you getting off at?,” as he touched her shoulder and touched her arm. She didn’t […]

John McNeill: An Appreciation

John McNeill: An Appreciation

BY BERNÁRD J. LYNCH | I was on my way to see my shrink on Fifth Avenue and 66th Street the day John McNeill’s book “The Church and the Homosexual” hit the front pages of the New York Times. The year was 1976. I don’t know if I was looking for a cure for my homosexuality or […]

After This, No Exile: A Gay Priest Reflects on Ireland’s Declaration of Independence

After This, No Exile: A Gay Priest Reflects on Ireland’s Declaration of Independence

BY FATHER BERNÁRD LYNCH | In the December 1918 election, the Irish republican party Sinn Féin won a landslide victory in Ireland. On January 21, 1919, the party formed a breakaway government (Dáil Éireann) and declared independence from Great Britain. Today, by voting to open marriage to same-sex couples, Ireland has chosen independence from the Roman […]

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 […]

Pope Francis and His Followers Backsliding Already?

Pope Francis and His Followers Backsliding Already?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Just days after an interview with the Jesuit magazine America in which Pope Francis signaled a promising new tone on the gay community comes word that an Australian priest has been defrocked and excommunicated for his views on homosexuality and women priests. The International Business Times, on September 23, reported that actions […]