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Catholic School Bans Julianne Moore, Ellen Page Lesbian Drama Shoot - VIDEO

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A Catholic boys’ school in New Rochelle, New York, has reversed its decision to allow Freeheld — a film in which Julianne Moore and Ellen Page play a lesbian couple — shoot on its campus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A location manager had picked out Salesian High School for a key scene in the fact-based movie, based on the 2007 documentary of the same name. The school had agreed to allow the scout to shoot still photos of the building, which was to stand in for the town hall of Ocean County, New Jersey.

However, after first approving the shoot, the school's principal, John Flaherty, then informed producer Michael Shamberg that it had reversed its decision because of the movie’s subject matter.

In an email to Flaherty, Shemberg explained that the movie is "not about gay marriage [but] about recognizing the dignity of a woman who was a brave civil servant."

According to Kelly Bush, another producer on the movie, the school's decision only serves to underscore the themes of the film:

"Freeheld captures the inequality and bigotry that one couple faced while coping with cancer and the end of life. That our film was denied access to a location because of the subject matter — a same-sex couple fighting for their legal rights — illustrates just how important it is that this story be told."

Mayor Paul Rosenberg of nearby Rye Brook has since stepped in and allowed Freeheld producers to use his town's city hall for the scene.

Watch Page coming out during a speech she made at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive youth conference in Las Vegas, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay People, Pope Francis Will Win By Losing Catholic Church Battle For LGBT Inclusion - VIDEO

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c6f551d6970b-250wiWriting for the Washington Post, Jonathan Capehart has argued that although conservative bishops may have won a battle last week when they voted against language that spoke of “welcoming homosexual persons” into the Catholic church, they have not won the bigger battle with Pope Francis.

Following protests from conservative bishops, the Vatican last week backtracked on reports that it had planned to be “welcoming to homosexual persons.”

However, according to Capehart, although headlines called it a “setback,” “the pope let the genie out of the bottle. And, as we all know, it’s difficult to put him back in once released.”

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb079d3a5e970d-800wiHe continues:

“What the synod did at the outset on paper, Pope Francis has been doing since ascending to the papacy. He’s been talking about gays and lesbians in the Catholic Church with an unheard-of humanity and care.

“I found it interesting that Francis insisted not only on publicizing the vote tallies for each paragraph, but also which paragraphs failed to pass. The pope said he was doing it for transparency. And that’s great. The added benefit to such openness is the signal it sends the entire church. If the pope and the bishops can engage in a rational and respectful discussion about same-sex relationships, so can the rest of the flock. That’s the genie that is out of the bottle.

“As Francis said [on October 19th] during his homily, ‘God is not afraid of new things! That is why he is continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways.’ By the time the bishops reconvene next October to finalize the synod document, we might be looking at a very different outcome.

“I’m not saying the church or the pope will become a champion of LGBT rights. And I’m definitely not saying they are going to support marriage equality. What I am saying is that by talking about the humanity of gay and lesbian Catholics and worrying about their place in the church, Pope Francis is openly recognizing them as children of God. After centuries of demonization, that’s a revolutionary act that can’t be undone.”

Watch a CBS report on the failure of the synod to adopt pro-gay language, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan Discusses The Scrapped Pro-Gay Language from Vatican's Family Synod Report: VIDEO

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NYC Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke to George Stephanopoulos today about the Vatican's watered down final document for its synod on the family - a report that scrapped language that seemed to indicate a dramatic new tone in the church's response to homosexuality, divorce, and contraception. 

Dolan, ever the bigoted firebrand, praised the African church leaders in attendance who were vocal about their opposition to any doctrine revisions that could be interpreted as pro-gay.

"There was a pretty good, vivid conversation especially with the African bishops, who I love more than ever, who obviously come from cultures and societies that I admire that have a very strong definition of marriage as man and woman with children and are kind of afraid of attempts to water that down. One of the fears that they would have would be what we would call same-sex marraige. So they were pastorally sensitive about a document giving any indication that the Church might be open to any change at all in the definition of marriage. So there was a good debate, a good conversation that went on."

Pope francisDolan also reiterated his belief that Pope Francis is trying to take the "middle road" on issues facing the church: 

"Once again, you got overwhelming agreement on things - first of all on the definition of marriage given to us by God and faithfully handed on by the church: one man, one woman, lifelong, life-giving, faithful, bringing about new life and children. Enthusiastic response to that. And then the other side was how can we embrace and never alienate those who are unable to live up to that noble ideal. And as usual, Pope Francis is saying we've got to keep both those values in mind. "

Dolan has a lot of work to do to live up to the call to embrace and not alienate gays, however. Despite his claim that he's not "anti-anybody," Dolan has equated same-sex marriage to incestdenied LGBT Catholics entry to mass, and insisted LGBT individuals are entitled to friendship, not marriage - among a laundry list of other incendiary remarks.  

Watch Dolan's interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Vatican Scraps Pro-Gay Language from Synod Document

A dramatic shift in tone from the Vatican regarding gay people that was evident in the draft of a document produced by Catholic leaders at its synod on the family has been scrapped and all evidence of it removed by conservatives in the Church, the Guardian reports:

VaticanIn the final report of an extraordinary synod on the family which has exposed deep divides in church hierarchy, there is no mention – as there had been in a draft version – of the “gifts and qualities” gay people can offer.

Nor is there any recognition of the “precious support” gay partners can give each other.

A paragraph entitled “pastoral attention to people of homosexual orientation” – itself a distinctly cooler tone than “welcoming homosexual persons” – refers to church teaching, saying there can be “not even a remote” comparison between gay unions and heterosexual marriage.

“Nevertheless,” it adds, “men and women of homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and sensitivity.” They should not suffer from discrimination, it adds.

But the shift in tone is clear. And even this watered-down passage failed to pass the two-thirds majority needed for it to be approved.

The other two paragraphs that failed to pass majority dealt with people who had divorced and remarried and whether they should be allowed to take communion.

The pro-gay text's rejection began shortly after the draft was released to the public. NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan was among those who suggested the document needed "major reworking".


Pope Francis Demotes Anti-gay Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke

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Raymond Burke, the conservative American cardinal who in the past has said discrimination against LGBT people is "perfectly just and good," has been removed from his position as head of the Vatican's 'Supreme Court' by Pope Francis, Buzzfeed reports:

“I very much have enjoyed and have been happy to give this service, so it is a disappointment to leave it,” Burke said, explaining that he hadn’t yet received a formal notice of transfer. “On the other hand, in the church as priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given. And so I trust by accepting this assignment I trust that God will bless me, and that’s what’s in the end most important.”

Burke, who has now been placed in the largely ceremonial role as head of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, also spoke out against the on-going "family synod" of Catholic bishops, saying the meeting seems to have been designed to "weaken the church's teaching and practice."

“The pope, more than anyone else as the pastor of the universal church, is bound to serve the truth,” Burke said. “The pope is not free to change the church’s teachings with regard to the immorality of homosexual acts or the insolubility of marriage or any other doctrine of the faith.”

Earlier today, we reported the Vatican had caved to conservative backlash to reports the church was planning on becoming "welcoming to homosexual persons" - revising the English-translation of the report to now say "providing for homosexual persons."

Head over to Buzzfeed HERE for the full account of the behind-the-scenes scuffle between conservatives and reformers within the Catholic hierarchy. 


Overwhelming Majority of Young US Catholics Are Pro-Gay

Fracis2Though still officially opposed to homosexuality, the Catholic Church’s opinions of LGBT people is slowly evolving to align with the opinions of its followers. In June the Pew Research Center found that an overwhelming majority of Catholics--85%--between the ages of 18 and 29 felt that homosexuality should be socially acceptable. Catholics above the age of 65 were less supportive, but a 57% majority also reported that being gay should be accepted by general society.

A two-week long synod of Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis has resulted in the drafting of a theological document arguing for wider acceptance of gays by the church. In it gay people are described as having “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community.” The document also acknowledges the fundamental love and intimacy that exists within committed gay relationships.

Drafted by a committee selected by Francis, the preliminary draft will be circulated both amongst synod participants and throughout the Catholic community for debate, revision, and review. In the past, similar documented shifts in position have resulted in long lasting change in church ideology. Many attendees of the gathering are likening it to The Second Vatican Council--a synod that redefined the Church’s relationship to other religions.

“A large number of bishops do not accept the ideas of openness, but few know that,” said Raymond Leo Burke, a conservative American cardinal working within the vatican. “[Many] are supporting the possibility of adopting a practice that deviates from the truth of the faith.”

Those opposing the document’s pro-LGBT stance have been quick to point out that it is more of working reference paper rather than a steadfast decree. In addition to a softening position towards gays, the document debates how the church should treat separated, but not divorced couples. It also condemns making financial aid contingent on ideological congruity between nation states, as the US has done to certain countries with oppressive anti-gay laws.

Read the full translated document AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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