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Catholic Bishops End Family Synod With Little To Say To Gays

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World Congress of Families Has Plenty To Say, None of it Good; How Same-Sex Marriage Came to a Buddhist Temple in Japan; Global LGBT Recap

Peter Montgomery, Religion Dispatches

November 1, 2015 | Intersex Awareness Day was observed around the world on October 26.

In what one advocate has called a “life-saving” move, the U.S. State Department has indicated that it will include same-sex partners in the definition of “spouse” when dealing with people seeking asylum.

Catholic Bishops Synod on the Family Ends With No Action on Gays

The Catholic Bishops’ contentious synod the family came to a close last weekend. After furious resistance from conservative bishops, gays were essentially left out of the gathering’s final report. In the words of Reuters’ Philip Pullella,

The outcome of the gathering…appeared to mark a victory for conservatives and a failure for reformers who had hoped for more inclusive language towards gays.

Wrote Laurie Goodstein and Elisabetta Povoledo in the New York Times:

Peter Montgomery, a Washington, DC-based writer, is an associate editor for Religion Dispatches and a Senior Fellow at People For the American Way. His work focuses on religion, politics, and LGBT issues.

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Gloria Steinem, Reb Susan Talve, & Catholic Climate Activist on "The Church & Women"

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Should "Outsiders" Criticize Subordination of Women in Catholic Theology & Practice? [Our initial essay on that issue, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, is now available at Shalom Center and at Huffington Post]

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https://theshalomcenter.org/sites/default/files/styles/350x175/public/photossidebyside2_0.jpg?itok=tVV2Lxbt 10/23/2015 From Gloria Steinem:

Arthur -- I think that as always, you make perfect sense, and of course, it's okay to both praise and criticize from outside a religion. You can't claim a truth that impacts the lives of others outside it without being subject to and heeding the voices of others.

It's especially interesting -- and a revelation to me -- that the Catholic position stems in part from early rabbinic misinterpretation.

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The Pope, the County Clerk, and the Ratfuckers

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  • If you are one of those people who are not happy with what he’s done and said since he was elected Pope, you’d be looking to ratfuck the pope’s visit to the United States, put him in a box.
  • Part 1:Pope Francis met with openly gay couple — and unlike Kim Davis, who ambushed him, he did so intentionally.
  • Part 2: Charles Pierce nailed it: The Vatican confirms Pope Francis was “ratf*cked” into meeting Kim Davis.

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Part 1:Pope Francis met with openly gay couple — and unlike Kim Davis, who ambushed him, he did so intentionally.

Unlike the publicity stunt manufactured by Kim Davis, her lawyers, and elements within the church hostile to Francis’ agenda, this meeting was both deliberate and purposive.

Yayo Grassi and his partner, Iwan, were the "former student and his family" from the papal statement on Davis.

Scott Eric Kaufman, Salon

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Friday, Oct 2, 2015 | Pope Francis met with a gay couple the day before he met with same-sex marriage opponent Kim Davis, CNN’s Daniel Burke reports.

Yayo Grassi and his partner, Iwan — old friends of the pope from Argentina — visited the pontiff and were greeted with warm hugs. In an interview with CNN, Grassi said that “three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug.”

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it.

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Part 2: Charles Pierce nailed it: The Vatican confirms Pope Francis was “ratf*cked” into meeting Kim Davis.

Esquire's Charles Pierce speculated that Pope Francis had been railroaded by Evangelicals. Turns out he was right.

Scott Eric Kaufman, Salon

 

Friday, Oct 2, 2015 | On Thursday, Charles Pierce speculated that the pope was “ratfucked” into meeting Kim Davis, and as conspiratorial as his speculation seemed at first, Vatican spokesman Reverend Federico Lombardi largely confirmed it in a statement released Friday morning.

Pierce wrote that we must “stipulate that there are more than a few members of the Church’s permanent bureaucracy, both within the Clan Of The Red Beanie and without, who are not happy that this gentleman got elected Pope, and who are not happy with what he’s done and said since he was.” If you are one of those people “and you’re looking to ratfuck the pope’s visit to the United States, and to his agenda in general, you’d be looking to put him in a box.”

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it.

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The “Cool Pope” honeymoon is over.

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  • Meeting with Kim Davis could be a tipping point for American progressives.
  • Sensible little Fiat aside, he's still the leader of one of the world's most sexually conservative institutions.
  • Francis falters in addressing sex abuse.

Scott Timberg, Salon

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Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 | Imagine if a rumor started to spread that Kim Davis – the Kentucky clerk disdained by many liberals for her very noisy opposition to gay marriage – had met with Jon Stewart, or Elizabeth Warren, or Bernie Sanders, or Cornel West, or just about any progressive hero. It would be pretty clear that it was either a hoax, or a media stunt resembling a cage match. We’d expect leaked photos with the two wearing boxing gloves.

But the early murmurings that Davis met with Pope Francis, increasingly known among liberals and lefties as the Cool Pope, turned out to be for real. After half a day of speculation, the New York Times confirmed the encounter with reference to a Vatican spokesman.

Scott Timberg: Athens GA-based arts/ culture writer, Salon staffer, author of Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class (Yale 2015), Wesleyan alum, iffy guitar player

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Francis falters in addressing sex abuse, Dennis Coday, National Catholic Reporter

  • Sep. 23, 2015 | Francis will need to show some deliberate, dramatic action to prove that he understands the gravity of this problem.
  • After he shows he understands it, he will then have to prove that he will do something about it.

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