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Irish Catholic Priest Calls For Yes Vote In Marriage Equality Referendum: VIDEO

A priest in the west of Ireland has broken ranks with the Catholic church's anti-gay agenda by announcing that he will vote in favor of May’s marriage equality referendum, reports IrishCentral.

Igg o'donovanLimerick-based Iggy O’Donovan (right) wrote in the Irish Times that he will vote on the grounds of “respect for the freedom of others who differ from us.”

O’Donovan explained that churches “have views, ideals and laws about the family, and they quite properly teach their members about those views… But when we become legislators, as we do when we vote in referendums, we legislate as citizens for all our fellow citizens.”

He continued:

“It is possible to have deep and passionately-held convictions without seeking to have those convictions imposed by the state on fellow citizens who do not share them….Respect for the freedom of others who differ from us is part and parcel of the faith we profess. For these and for other reasons I will be voting Yes.”

The priest’s comments came the day after the homophobic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran told broadcaster Chris O’Donoghue that gay couples with children “are not parents." In the same interview, Doran compared homosexuality with down syndrome and spina bifida.

You can listen to the full interview with Doran or read a transcript.

Watch Irish grandparents Brighid and Paddy join the #VoteWithUs campaign in support of same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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Pope Francis Hints At Early Retirement: 'I Have a Feeling That My Pontificate Will Be Brief'

Pope Francis has indicated he may not be head of the Catholic Church for much longer, UK's Independent reports:

PopeSpeaking in an interview with Mexican network Televisa, marking the second anniversary of his election, he said: “I have a feeling that my pontificate will be brief. Four of five years; I do not know, even two or three.

“I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time, and nothing more.”

Referring to Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to become the first pope to step down in 600 years in 2013 he claimed: "An institutional door has been opened."

In the interview, Francis said that while he "did not mind being pope," he missed the anonymity of being a priest and being able to "go to a pizzeria for a pizza" without being recognized. 


New Film 'Owning Our Faith' Shares the Stories and Struggles of LGBT Catholics: VIDEO

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Even with Pope Francis at the helm taking baby steps towards a more LGBT inclusive Catholic Church, there's still a long, long way to go before Catholicism catches up on sexuality and gender issues. 

In a new short film from filmmaker Michael Tomae, practicing LGBT Catholics and their allies share their stories and desires to see a more welcoming church for all.

From the film's website:

Owning2We want our stories to be a part of the discussion because LGBT people have unique gifts to contribute to the life of the Church. We hope the Church recognizes that God is working through our life stories. We want to inspire change that will strengthen families, encourage acceptance of LGBT people, foster an inclusive community, and promote an open and accepting dialogue among Catholics across the world. Most of all, we want everyone to know they are loved and not alone.

Watch the documentary short, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NJ Catholic Teacher Placed on Administrative Leave for Bigoted Facebook Rant Against Gay 'Agenda'

Patricia Jannuzzi, the New Jersey Catholic high school teacher whose anti-gay Facebook rant about the gay "agenda" drew swift condemnation from celebs like Susan Sarandon and Real Housewives cast member Greg Bennett, has been placed on administrative leave, MyCentralJersey.com reports:

JannuzziIn a letter to the school community on Friday afternoon, Msgr. Sean Brennan, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, and Principal Jean Kline said the postings by religion teacher Patricia Jannuzzi (right) were "completely inconsistent with our policy and position as a Catholic Christian community."

In their letter, Brennan and Kline said that Immaculata "is a community that follows the example of Jesus Christ in welcoming all people."

"We will do everything we can in this trying time to make clear that the philosophy of Immaculata High School is one of inclusion rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ," the letter said.


Susan Sarandon & 'Real Housewives' Star Slam Catholic High School Teacher's Anti-gay Facebook Rant

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A Catholic high school teacher is facing some star studded backlash for an anti-gay Facebook post in which she ranted that the gay "agenda" seeks to "reengineer western civ into a slow extinction."

Patricia Jannuzzi, a theology teacher at Immaculata High School in Somerville, posted a response to a news article about Dan Savage's open letter to Ben Carson inviting the neurosurgeon nut to "suck my d--k" after the 2016 GOP hopeful asserted that homosexuality was a choice. That post has since been deleted, but was screencapped by Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member and Immaculata alumnus Greg Bennett.

NJ Advance Media reports:

Another alumnus, Scott Lyons, who is gay and had Januzzi as a teacher, shared a letter on Facebook he sent to her after reading one of her posts. He said in the letter that he remembers Januzzi's classes to be "focused on love and acceptance" but that he is "offended and disappointed" by her recent posts.

"While I respect the fact that people have different opinions on the matter what I can tell you from my heart is that I urge you to be careful with your words and the messaging you are putting out there," he wrote.

Lyons is the nephew of Sarandon, who shared the post to her 3,000 followers.

 
 
MyCentralJersey.com adds:

Immaculata principal Jean Kline on Wednesday distanced her school from Jannuzzi's comments and said that "through an investigation, we have determined that the information posted on this social media page has not been reflected in the curriculum content of the classes she teaches."

In her statement, which Kline shared with MyCentralJersey.com Thursday morning, the administator says the school "takes this situation very seriously."

"We are dedicated to creating a school environment that promotes mutual respect and provides a challenging academic program, rooted in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ."


San Francisco Archbishop's 'Purity Test' Would Punish Teachers for Posting Photos of Their Gay Son's Wedding

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Earlier this month, we reported on San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's new "purity test" for Catholic schools that threatens termination for teachers who give any statement that contradicts church doctrine, including holding a position that homosexuality is anything other than "gravely evil."

Drunk driver Cordileone's anti-gay crusade goes even further, however, as The New York Times reports:

Part of the focus here and elsewhere appears to be online sharing of photos and personal opinions. A number of morality clauses in other dioceses express such concerns, specifying that teachers may not post anything on Facebook or Twitter that contradicts church teachings.

Archbishop Cordileone said that teachers who crossed doctrinal lines would be dealt with “on a case-by-case basis.” Asked if a teacher could post photos on Facebook of her gay son’s wedding, he said that “if someone was upset and reported it,” then “the person with the Facebook page would have to be talked to.”

A protest vigil against the new "purity test" was held outside St. Mary's Cathedral earlier this month. 


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