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    Gay Catholics protest ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ Mass in D.C. 

    By Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - July 5, 2012

    Dozens of gay Catholics and their allies gathered outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast D.C. on Wednesday to protest the church’s campaign that challenges the Obama administration’s policies on same-sex marriage, health care and other issues.

    “We’re here as a non-partisan group of Catholics to say we don’t want our church involved in these kind of politics,” Joseph Palacios, director of the Catholics for Equality Foundation, told the Blade as he and other protesters stood in front of the basilica on Michigan Avenue, N.E. “We want our church leaders to be pastoral leaders particularly concerned with the poor and the vulnerable, the gay and lesbian community, women and the equal rights of all people rather than the partisan politics they seem to be playing.” [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade


    Catholic group seeks to defend gay marriage ban

    By Rex W. Huppke, Chicago Tribune - July 2, 2012

    A Chicago-based public interest law group that opposes same-sex marriage has filed a motion in Cook County Circuit Court asking to intervene and defend the state’s marriage law against a pair of lawsuits filed in May.

    The lawsuits — filed by the gay rights group Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois — claim the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the Illinois Constitution’s equal protection and due process clauses. [Read Full Story]


    Catholic teacher fired for same-sex marriage views prays for dialogue

    By Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio - June 27, 2012

    MOORHEAD, Minn. — Trish Cameron comes from a strong Catholic tradition. She attended Catholic schools in Moorhead for 12 years. She regularly attends Mass.

    But after losing her job at a Catholic elementary school for challenging the church's position on same sex-marriage, Cameron, 46, now prays for healthy dialogue on a "closed and painful" topic. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio


    Priests in Minnesota told not to voice dissent

    By Rose French, Star-Tribune - January 18, 2012

    Archbishop John Nienstedt is warning Catholic clergy across Minnesota that there should be no "open dissension" of the church's strong backing of a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would define marriage as a union only between a man and woman.

    In other early signs of the fervent campaign the church intends to wage for the amendment, which will be on every ballot in the state this fall, Nienstedt is appointing priests and married couples to visit archdiocesan high schools to talk about marriage. He has directed parishes to form committees to work for passage of the amendment. He also has warned a priest that he may be stripped of his ministry if he continues to disagree "with the church's teaching on marriage." [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Brian Peterson, StarTribune


    Gay Rights Group Takes Out Ad Demanding Cardinal’s Resignation

    By CBS Chicago - December 30, 2011

    CHICAGO — A gay rights advocacy group is placing a full page ad on the Chicago Tribune, taking Francis Cardinal George to task for his remarks comparing the “gay liberation movement” to the Ku Klux Klan and calling on him to resign immediately.

    The ad takes Cardinal George to task for remarks he made last week on Fox Chicago News. They came after leaders at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 708 W. Belmont Ave., complained that the Gay Pride Parade next year would disrupt their Sunday mass as a new route took the floats and marchers right past the church for the first time.

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