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FOX News Anchor Bret Baier Joins Gary Sinise In Pulling Out From Anti-Gay Catholic Group's Annual Summit

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Hot on the heels of actor Gary Sinise's announcement that he would be pulling out from the annual conference of the anti-gay Catholic organization Legatus, comes word that FOX News anchor Bret Baier has also canceled his participation in the event, AdWeek reports:

“Bret Baier has withdrawn his participation as a speaker at the upcoming Legatus Summit due to the controversy surrounding some editorial stances in the organization’s magazine,” a Fox News spokesperson tells us. “Bret accepted the invitation to speak about his book, his faith, and his son’s congenital heart disease. He was unaware of these articles or the controversy surrounding them.”

Still slated to headline the event are Pete Coors, the Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors, along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

As Andy pointed out earlier, Legatus promotes the idea that homosexuality is a "disorder" that can and should be "cured". You can read more on Legatus HERE.


Actor Gary Sinise Pulls Out of Anti-Gay Catholic Group's Annual Summit

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Yesterday we reported that actor Gary Sinise, FOX News Anchor Bret Baier, and Pete Coors, the Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors, along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan, are headlining the annual conference of the anti-gay Catholic Legatus organization.

Legatus pushes the notion that homosexuality is a "disorder" that can and should be "cured". Read more HERE.

Last night, Sinise pulled out of the event, writing:

"For me, faith has been a catalyst for my mission to honor the men and women who serve in our nation’s military. When I accepted the invitation to speak at the Legatus conference about Veterans issues and share my story, I was unaware of the controversy surrounding some of the participants, and their views on personal matters. I don’t want my mission—which is designed to be unifying—to be disrupted by these, or any controversies, and therefore have decided to withdraw."


Gary Sinise, FOX News Anchor, and Coors Exec to Headline Summit of Rabidly Anti-Gay Catholic Group

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Actor Gary Sinise, FOX News Anchor Bret Baier, and Pete Coors, the Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors, along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan, are headlining the annual conference of the Legatus organization.

UPDATE: Sinise has pulled out.

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Jeremy Hooper at Good As You points out that the organization has some very hateful views on gays and calls same-sex attraction a 'disorder'.

It’s impossible to see homosexual unions as being in line with God’s intentions for marriage since the product of intercourse is not fruitful. Along with masturbation, fornication, and adultery, homosexuality is a selfish act that cannot fulfill the divinely ordained purpose of the reproductive powers. The Church teaches that God instituted the sacrament of Marriage, and only He has the authority to change the nature of marriage. Neither the Church nor the state has the competence to alter the substance of marriage or the family. Attempts by civil government or the courts to alter the law in favor of same-sex unions distort the true meaning of marriage, which has existed for thousands of years. 

The Church encourages people who suffer from the disorder of same-sex attraction to live a chaste and celibate life. Chastity is required of all people, no matter their state in life — single, married, or celibate. It is a virtue in which our thoughts, words, and actions are modest. Celibacy is a discipline by which one does not marry.

As a remedy they suggest harmful conversion therapy:

There are many reasons why people suffer from SSA disorder. Some “discover” this tendency within them. Others grow into it through pursuits of pleasure or experimentation. Some use it to punish themselves or others. Whether the disorder has some deep, unknown roots over which one has virtually no control, or whether it’s a developed disorder resulting from bad choices, it leaves an individual disposed toward activities and a lifestyle that are dangerous — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Fortunately there is hope for those who suffer from the disorder. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality reports that significant numbers of homosexual persons have undergone treatment and had their sexual drives properly ordered. These findings are a beacon of hope to those suffering from SSA, as well as for their family and friends who desire their happiness and good health. Finally, for those who for whatever reason cannot be cured, there is a support group known as Courage to help them live safe, moral, chaste lives. Those who continue to suffer from this disorder can find true help through an orientation toward their Savior and Redeemer, “the Orient from on High,” and the life that He offers them in Himself.

This is the same group's summit that Bob Newhart pulled out of last year after Hooper drew attention to their actions against marriage equality and candidates who support it, as well as this notion that homosexuality is a "disorder" that can be "cured".


'Brave' Irish Priest Comes Out During Mass, Calls For Marriage Equality

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An Irish priest received a standing ovation from parishioners last weekend when he came out during mass and called for marriage equality, reports Irish Central.

Martin_2014Father Martin Dolan (right) is the only parish priest at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra (above) in Dublin city center.

Calling for a yes vote in a referendum on same-sex marriage this coming May, Dolan said “I’m gay myself” and was met by applause and a standing ovation from his “proud” parishioners.

A source within the church said:

“It was very brave. He said he was gay. That was it...no bones about it.”

With Dolan currently on a pre-planned vacation, the source added:

“[He] was just doing his service, it was part of his homily, and that’s it. If he feels strongly about something, Martin just says it.

“He’s happy with himself. There is no fear of him running away, he wouldn’t be one of them people.

“There’s a lot of gay priests but nobody will actually get up and say it.”

Congregation member and community youth worker Liz O’Connor said:

“I wouldn’t like to see him being moved for the statement he made. That would be horrendous. He should be supported. He has done nothing wrong. If he’s moved, there would be uproar in this parish. He’s still the same man today.

“Fr Martin has always been an advocate of people’s rights, and even spoke about the child abuse in the Church.

“There’s not many [priests] that would come out because they’re afraid of the bishops and that, but Martin is his own man. That’s what he believes in.”

The Dublin Archdiocese has declined to comment until officials have spoken with Dolan.

However, the Catholic Church in Ireland has made it clear that ita anti-gay, anti-equality policies remain unchanged. Last month, the church started off what is expected to be a highly charged campaign with a manifesto detailing why they hate gay people. Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said that his opposition to same-sex marriage is “not about homosexuality or the gay lifestyle, it is about the meaning of marriage."

Although the government supports the referendum, which is expected to pass, there have been many warnings against complacency.

Last month, we reported that a new book by former seminarian Dr John Weafer revealed that there is a strong gay scene among priests in the Irish Catholic Church.


Archdiocese of Miami Threatens To Fire Employees For Showing Support For Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Following the overhaul of Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski issued a letter (below) to employees of the archdiocese warning that any conduct or behavior “inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church", in other words, in support of same-sex marriage, could result in termination. NBC News reports:

The letter, from Archbishop Thomas Wenski, told employees that "because of the Church’s particular function in society, certain conduct, inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if it occurs outside the normal working day and outside the strict confines of work performed by the employee for the Archdiocese.”

Wenski’s letter also warned employees that the conduct requirements also extend to the Internet. “Employees should exercise discretion when posting on social media sites, and note that online activity indicative of prohibitive behaviors may subject an employee to disciplinary action or termination," it read.

Earlier, Florida's Catholic Bishops came out against the arrival of same-sex marriage in the Sunshine State, claiming same-sex marriage “threatens both religious liberty and the freedom of individuals to conscientiously object.”

Late last year Pope Francis was thought to have been sending mixed messages about whether he and the Catholic Church would reconsider their stance on same-sex marriage. However, following media speculation, the Pope was quick to make a statement clarifying that same-sex marriage was not on the table for discussion.

Watch a news report on the letter from the Miami Archdiocese, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Growing Number of Openly-Queer, Celibate Catholics Finding Acceptance In Online Communities

VaticanA small but growing contingent of queer-identified--though celibate--Catholics are finding increasing acceptance thanks to online communities like spiritualfriendship.org. Founded by Ron Belgau and Wesley Hill in 2012, Spiritual Friendship contemplates the theologically complex situations that openly gay and lesbian Catholics find themselves in after making the decision to remain active members of the church.

“We embrace the traditional understanding that God created us male and female, and that His plan for sexual intimacy is only properly fulfilled in the union of husband and wife in marriage,” the blog’s mission statement reads. “However, this blog was born out of frustration with the prevailing narratives about homosexuality from those who embrace this traditionally Christian sexual ethic: an excessive focus on political issues, and the ubiquity of reparative therapy in one form or another.”

In an interview with the Washington Post, Emily Tushnet, who writes for Spiritual Friendship, described her particular connection to sexual intimacy as it relates to her lesbianism, which she doesn’t deny.

“I use the image of a kaleidoscope — the jewels inside are desires,” she said. “If you turn it one way, it’s lesbianism. If you rearrange them, it can be community service or devotion to Mary.”

Conservative but open-minded Catholic leaders like Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, are increasingly expressing their support for people like Tushnet, who have found something of a gray-area in which to exist. In abstaining from physical intimacy, members of the movement are finding ways to maintain their decidedly gay social identities while living as self-affirming Christians.

“Even if someone is struggling with same-sex attraction, I’d be concerned about reducing them to the word ‘gay,’ ” Mohler said of the seemingly paradoxical identities.


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