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Gender & Sexuality

On sexuality, the hierarchy has usurped the entire teaching office

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  • The Sept. 15 doctrine committee, in addressing the men’s book, The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology, found serious error, saying the work could not be considered authentic Catholic teaching.
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  • 33 years of a conventional mantra
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Regina Schulte, National Catholic Reporter

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The cover of "The Sexual Person," by Todd A. Salzman, who heads the theology department at Creighton University, and retired Creighton professor Michael G. Lawler. (CNS/Georgetown University Press)

For more than three decades the Catholic church has seen no progress in formulating a contemporary understanding of human sexuality, one that will provide principles for pastoral accommodation to new insights. If this were a board game, the church’s piece would still be sitting on “Start.”

Last month (Oct) we witnessed a reoccurring event. This time two theologians at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler, who have been attempting to bring lay insights into the subject of human sexuality, were sharply rebuked by the Committee on Doctrine of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for defending the moral legitimacy of homosexuality, contraception, premarital sex, and other hot-button issues in sexual ethics.

The Sept. 15 doctrine committee, in addressing the men’s book, The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology, found serious error, saying the work could not be considered authentic Catholic teaching.

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Obama Signals Shift On Gay Marriage Support

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  • Obama (called) himself a "strong supporter of civil unions" who was uncomfortable getting behind legislation to broaden marriage rights for gay couples because of his "understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage."
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  • The president and his administration have taken their lumps from the gay rights community over the Justice Department's recently successful appeal of a federal court decision that had forced the military to halt its "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
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  • Full Transcript of Obama's Interview With Progressive Bloggers
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Nick Wing, The Huffington Post

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President Obama told a group of progressive bloggers Wednesday (Oct 27) that his attitude about same-sex marriage, an issue that he has consistently and openly opposed, was beginning to "evolve."

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From the discussion:

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"But I also think you're right that attitudes evolve, including mine. And I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships. I have staff members who are in committed, monogamous relationships, who are raising children, who are wonderful parents.

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"And I care about them deeply. And so while I'm not prepared to reverse myself here, sitting in the Roosevelt Room at 3:30 in the afternoon, I think it's fair to say that it's something that I think a lot about. That's probably the best you'll do out of me today."

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Full Transcript of Obama's Interview With Progressive Bloggers, Huffington Post
For the first time ever, President Barack Obama met Wednesday with progressive bloggers and took their questions. Obama met with Joe Sudbay of AMERICABlog; Duncan Black ("Atrios"), who runs the site Eschaton; Barbara Morrill, who writes for the DailyKos; Jon Amato, who is the founder of Crooks and Liars; and Oliver Willis, of the site of the same name. The full text of the nearly hour-long session, as transcribed by the White House, appears below.

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Cheerleader Required to Cheer for Man Who Assaulted Her

Help hold Silsbee (TX) High School officials accountable for their actions.

Caroline Heldman, Ms. Magazine

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If someone assaulted you, would you want to then cheer for his performance on a basketball court? A 16-year-old Texas high school student sure didn’t.

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High school football star Rakheem Bolton and two others were indicted for sexual assault of a child–identified only as H.S.–at a post-game party in 2008. According to H.S.–a fellow student and cheerleader at Silsbee High–Bolton, football player Christian Rountree and another juvenile male forced her into a room, locked the door, held her down and sexually assaulted her. When other party-goers tried to get into the room, two of the men fled through an open window, including Bolton, who left clothing behind. Bolton allegedly threatened to shoot the occupants of the house when the homeowner refused to return his clothes.

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In September 2010, Bolton pled guilty to a lesser charge of Class A Assault and was sentenced to one year in prison, a sentence that was suspended by the judge in lieu of two years probation, a $2,500 fine, community service and an anger management course.

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Obama Has Done 'Diddly Squat' For Gay Rights

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  • "In a time when America is full of hatred of all kinds, but especially hatred towards young gay people, what message is the president sending when he repeatedly goes out of his way to spread the message that the gay population is not worthy of the respect that everyone else is?!"
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  • If Democratic candidates are counting on long-standing support from gay voters to help stave off big losses on Nov. 2, they could be in for a surprise.
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Alan Cummings, Huffington Post

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Actor and Obama supporter Alan Cumming sharply criticized the president this week (Oct 17-23) for seeking to stay a judge's decision to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

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"We keep hearing tht Obama is an ally, that DADT will end under his watch," Cumming wrote on his blog<ttp://www.alancumming.com/blog.php>, "but what do we actually get? Diddly squat thus far on a federal level and in addition to that some very offensive statements that would have made the Republicans look bad."

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Christians and Bullying: Standing with Gays and Lesbians

The fact that bullies target gay and lesbian people should mean that Christians give extra attention to protecting and standing up for them. The fact that any community or group of people is regularly the target of harassment and hate means Christians should be on the front line of defense against any who would attack.

Jim Wallis, God's Politics/Sojourners

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My mother used to give us kids two instructions:
1.    If there is a kid on the playground that nobody else is playing with — you play with them.
2.    If there is a bully picking on other kids — you be the one to stand up to him or her.

Those two principles have served me well. And I can almost hear my mother’s voice sometimes … like now.

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A bully is a person who habitually intimidates, harasses, or commits violence against those who are smaller, weaker, or more vulnerable because of their “outsider” status. A bully stands in opposition to all of what Christ taught and lived. There is broad opposition within the Christian community to bullying, especially the sort that leads to the deaths we have seen as of late. This sort of harassment is indefensible. And the stories of young kids being so bullied that they take their own lives has been heartbreaking to hear<>.

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No ‘Christian Compassion’ in Tony Perkins’ Response to Anti-Gay Bullying, Suicides, Andrew Marin, Religion Dispatches

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  • What I am saying is that Tony Perkins is himself a bully because his engagement with this topic consists of getting as many people as he can to support him against someone else’s son, daughter, mother, father, aunt, uncle—all targeted to one specific population of people.
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  • Washington Post Will Doggedly Pursue Both Sides Of 'Should Gay Teenagers Commit Suicide?'
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