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An Open Letter to Black Clergy on the Disdain for Protest

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The disdain for protest within our blessed community has troubled my spirit to the point that I cannot sleep. It is with great trepidation that I write you as your son—heavy-hearted and ashamed.

Osagyefo Sekou, Religion Dispatches

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December 18, 2015 | Advent is upon us as we await the coming of the world’s most famous Palestinian—Jesus of Nazareth. In this time that’s dedicated to a poor child born to an unwed mother, my conscience has forced my hand to the page.

The disdain for protest within our blessed community has troubled my spirit to the point that I cannot sleep. It is with great trepidation that I write you as your son—heavy-hearted and ashamed.

Having been baptized into the faith at 15, my formative years were shaped by the best of the black preaching tradition. In pure awe, I watched you hold congregations in the palm of your hand with rhetorical flourishes, giving a beat-down-people strength to live another day. Your words helped to re-constitute an assaulted black self—with respectability, dignity and self-determination.

Osagyefo Sekou is the inaugural Bayard Fellow with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and a Scholar-in-Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute.

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Special Report | Catholic Bishops' Ongoing Abuse of Human Sexuality: Week Ending November 14, 2015

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The Catholic Church continues to demonstrate that it will employ any tactic — no matter how deplorable — to oppose appropriate human sexuality.

7 New Items including:

  • Pope lectures Catholic elders at closing of synod on family
  • Catholic Bishops End Family Synod With Little To Say To Gays,
  • The Church’s Gay Obsession
  • Roy Bourgeois | An Open Letter to Pope Francis
  • Child Sex Abuse Crisis of the Religious Right Grows
  • The shame of the Catholic workplace
  • http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngPope Francis, The Vatican: Stop Sexual Abuse For Good

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Pope lectures Catholic elders at closing of synod on family, Anthony Faiola, Washington (DC) Post 

  • Pope criticizes 'closed hearts' at bishops' gathering
  • Catholic Bishops End Family Synod With Little To Say To Gays

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Catholic Bishops End Family Synod With Little To Say To Gays, Peter Montgomery, Religion Dispatches

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

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The Church’s Gay Obsession, Frank Bruni, New York (NY) Times 

  • What’s happening amounts to persecution. And it’s occurring not because the workers in these situations called any special attention to themselves or made any political fuss. No, they just loved in a fashion displeasing to many church officials, whose concerns with purity are spasmodic and capricious.
  • Pope Francis: Culture Warriors Out, "Collaboration and Consultation" 

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Roy Bourgeois | An Open Letter to Pope Francis, Roy Bourgeois, Religion Dispatches 

  • Any movement rooted in love, justice, and equality is of the Divine and cannot be stopped. And so one day our Catholic Church will have women priests and marriage equality.  I do hope, Pope Francis, that you will implement these changes as soon as possible.
  • Pink Smoke Over the Vatican

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Child Sex Abuse Crisis of the Religious Right Grows, Frederick Clarkson, Daily Kos 

  • Why should parents of high-school students feel any trust in sending their kids off to a university whose president writes a letter urging leniency for a man who molested teens?
  • Pope Francis, The Vatican: Stop Sexual Abuse For Good
  • Catholic Church ramps up opposition to Minnesota anti-bullying bill

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The shame of the Catholic workplace, Jim Smith, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune 

  • Even as the pope moderates, discriminatory practices continue.
  • Can Pope Francis Change the Church?

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Pope Francis, The Vatican: Stop Sexual Abuse For Good, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, Change.org 

  • Australian Catholic Bishops Geoffrey Robinson, Bill Morris and Pat Power call on Pope Francis to seize the opportunity of his appointment to establish a Council of the whole Church, inclusive of the laity from around the globe, to confront the global sex abuse scandal and address the issues that contribute to the causes of systemic sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
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Pope lectures Catholic elders at closing of synod on family

  • Pope criticizes 'closed hearts' at bishops' gathering
  • Catholic Bishops End Family Synod With Little To Say To Gays

Anthony Faiola, Washington (DC) Post

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October 25, 2015 | Pope Francis on Sunday appeared to lecture church elders at the closing of a landmark summit on the family here, suggesting they should not be quick to exclude a broad array of people deserving of God’s grace.

In a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the end of the three-week summit — known as a synod — Francis seemed to target narrowness, focusing his homily on the biblical story of a blind man named Bartimaeus whom Jesus engages during a journey.

“None of the disciples stopped, as Jesus did,” Francis said in what at times appeared to be a scolding tone.

Anthony Faiola, Berlin Bureau chief, Washington (DC) Post <https://www.washingtonpost.com>

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Related:

Catholic Bishops End Family Synod With Little To Say To Gays, Peter Montgomery, Religion Dispatches

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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

 

 

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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