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LGBT advocate: Pope’s comment 'opens door for conversation'

Jansing: Gays and the Catholic church. Never before has such a positive halo surrounded these two historically at-odds groups. Pope Francis during an unexpected press conference during his flight back to Rome, was asked about the so called "gay lobby" inside the Vatican. He responded by saying "If a person is gay, and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?" The New York Times called his comments, "revolutionary."  But New York's Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, was careful to say it's not a shift in the Church's teachings... I'm joined now by Kate Childs-Graham, columnists for the Young Voices series at the National Catholic Reporter and a board member of the organization Call To Action, and Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of the New Ways Ministry.

Pope and change at the Vatican?

National Catholic Reporter correspondent John Allen gives a first-person account of the pope's in-flight news conference, and discusses the church's outreach to millennials and the LGBT community with Current TV's John Fugelsang, Catholic University professor Chad Pecknold, and Call to Action coordinator Ellen Euclide.

Tone and word choice are key in Pope’s remarks on gay priests

Proving again that what you say is often less important than how you say it, Pope Francis’ conciliatory remarks on the subject of gay priests gave renewed hope Monday to gay Catholics and their families that the church still has a place for them in its heart.

Equally Blessed, a national coalition of organizations working on behalf of the gay community, released a statement saying the pope “had set a great example for Catholics everywhere.”

LGBT Catholics Cautiously Encouraged by Pope's Tolerance

In comments made during an impromptu interview aboard the papal plane on Monday, Pope Francis inspired hope among myriad LGBT Catholics that there might be a place for them in the Church. 

Several organizations representing both LGBT people and Catholics around the world jumped at the chance to welcome the pope's statements, saying they indicated a more tolerant and accepting tone for the leader of the Catholic Church, which considers homosexuality a sin, and requires gay Catholics to remain celibate. 

Pope Francis says he accepts gay priests

Pope Francis, in an extraordinary dialogue about the most polarizing issues confronting his faith, declared his comfort with gay men serving as priests Monday, inspiring hope in gay parishioners who have long felt uneasy in the Roman Catholic Church and triggering another worldwide ripple in the new pope’s surprising young papacy.

The pope’s brief comments on gay priests struck a resounding note nationally Monday. Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic organizations that advocates for gay people, said Francis had “uttered some of the most encouraging words a pontiff has ever spoken about gay and lesbian people.”

Pope Francis calls for inclusion of gays in society, saying he has no right to ‘judge’

Pope Francis on Monday continued to recast the Catholic Church’s image by focusing on its inviting, merciful aspects, this time shocking a planeload of reporters by saying of homosexuality: “Who am I to judge?”

So Francis’s remarks were greeted warmly by advocates for gay and lesbian Catholics, who spoke of suddenly feeling welcome instead of being outcasts.

“Pope Francis today uttered some of the most encouraging words a pontiff has ever spoken about gay and lesbian people,” said a statement by Equally Blessed, a coalition of four groups working with LGBT Catholics and their families.

Pope Francis visits shanty town during week long tour of Brazil

Wyre Davies: But not everyone thinks the Church is moving fast or far enough, especially on issues of sexuality.

Delfin Bautista (Equally Blessed pilgrim at World Youth Day): The archbishop was talking about that we don't discrimate, yet we're denied the ability to be who we are and to express who we are. And so, really challenging the Church to really rethink what it's teaching. 

US Supreme Court: DOMA unconstitutional, Prop 8 appeal dismissed

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings Wednesday morning regarding same-sex marriage, first finding that the Defense of Marriage Act's marriage definition is unconstitutional and later dismissing the appeal ruling regarding California's Proposition 8 for lack of standing.

While the decisions represented for same-sex marriage supporters a reason for "prayers of thanksgiving," U.S. Catholic bishops described it as "a tragic day for marriage and our nation."

Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic gay ministry organizations, saw the day as reason to "celebrate and offer ​prayers of thanksgiving."

"And tomorrow we invite our fellow Catholics to join us in working to bring marriage equality to the states in which it has not yet been written into law," the coalition said in a press release, also noting that Kennedy, who wrote the DOMA opinion, is Catholic, as is Sotomayor, who supported the decision.

Reactions to gay marriage wins at Supreme Court

“As members of the Catholic Church and citizens of the United States, we are elated that the U. S. Supreme Court has both struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for marriage equality in the state of California. We are especially pleased to see that Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Catholic, wrote the opinion striking down DOMA, and that Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is also a Catholic, concurred in this historic decision.”

-Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic organizations 


U.S. Catholics hopeful, but wary, of new Pope Francis

Catholics may be wary of Pope Francis' conservative views on culture, but still couch their comments in hopeful tones.

A statement from Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic groups concerned with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, urged Pope Francis to listen to their concerns.

They charge, though, that as archbishop of Buenos Aries, Bergoglio made statements "not worthy of a pope or anyone in pastoral ministry" and called his writings "profoundly discouraging to LGBT Catholics."