Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | October 3, 2015
Pope Francis held a private meeting with a gay couple during his recent trip to the United States.
Yayo Grassi and Iwan Bagus have been together more than 19 years.
Grassi told CNN that the visit, held at the Vatican Embassy in D.C. on September 23, was arranged personally with the pope via email.
TRAVIS LOLLER | Associated Press | Yahoo News | September 13, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has become a hero to many conservative Christians who see her refusal to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage as a litmus test for religious liberty in an increasingly secular culture.
But lost in the uproar are the voices of Christians, some equally conservative, who disagree with Davis’ stance and worry that holding her out as a martyr will ultimately hurt the cause of religious liberty.
“I think she’s wrong on the merits, wrong theologically and her stance is harmful to Christians both in the religious liberty debate and in trying to present Christianity to the watching world,” said Peter Wehner, a Christian commentator who served in the last three Republican presidential administrations.
DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Associated Press | Yahoo News | September 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Pope Francis arrives in the United States, he will get an airport welcome that few world leaders have ever received: a plane-side greeting from President Barack Obama.
The extraordinary gesture on Sept. 22 is just the beginning of the pomp and protocol that Washington will put on display to welcome the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and the head of Vatican City on his first U.S. visit.
The next day, Francis will be just the third pope to visit the White House, being greeted as most heads of state are, with his car pulling slowly up the South Lawn’s driveway to the spot where a red carpet will be rolled out and Obama and his wife, Michelle, will be waiting.
CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file
Jack Jenkins | Think Progress | August 22, 2015
Pope Francis has become wildly popular in the United States for striking an unusually inclusive tone as pontiff, winning praise — and possibly converts — for encouraging his fellow Catholics to be less judgmental towards the poor, immigrants, and even LGBT people. But when the pope travels to Philadelphia next month to attend the World Meeting of Families, he’ll be rubbing elbows with people known for advocating a very different kind of conversion: Ex-gay therapy.
Ex-gay therapy, or attempts to change an LGBT person’s sexual orientation, has been widely discredited for being ineffective at best and destructive at worst. Some former advocates of the practice have publicly recanted and apologized for promoting it, the American Psychological Association has condemned its use, and it is legally banned in California, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington, D.C.
Yet so-called “reparative therapy” has long enjoyed pockets of support with conservative Christian circles, and some of its backers will be present at the World Meeting of Families next month. According to the National Catholic Reporter, an organization known as Courage ministries is listed as an exhibitor at the conference, which is held every three years — this year in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The group officially rejects the label of ex-gay ministry, claiming instead that its employees promote a lifetime of celibacy for homosexual Catholics, saying the organization “prefers to think of itself as a ‘Pro-Chastity’ ministry.”
David | Cooks and Liars | August 18, 2015
Pastor Ben Bailey of the Central church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee blamed “liberal society” for banning they stoning of LGBT people, whom he said were deserving of punishment.
In a Sunday broadcast for The Gospel of Christ television program, Bailey observed that some couples were choosing to go to churches with “relaxed and liberal views.”
He said that they wanted “things like women preaching, women leading in service, where homosexuals and gay marriage were accepted openly.”