Vatican asks for parish-level input on same-sex marriage

UnknownThe Vatican hasn’t changed its position on same-sex marriage, but a recent act indicates it is at least building a bridge to reach out to the community.

The National Catholic Reporter said Thursday the Vatican asked national bishops’ conferences around the world to conduct a wide-ranging poll of Catholics, asking for their opinions on church teachings on same-sex marriage, contraception and divorce.

Archibisop Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops, asked the conferences to distribute the poll “immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received,” the NCR report reads.

The Synod of Bishops is an advisory body for the pope, established after the Second Vatican Council in the 1965. The upcoming synod, which Pope Francis announced earlier this month, will be held Oct. 5-19, 2014.

Baldisseri distributed a letter and questionnaire to the presidents of the world’s individual bishops’ conferences Oct. 18. It asks the conferences to quiz their populations on the topics that sometimes have sharply divided the United States church.

The topics the bishops’ conferences are asked in the Vatican document to question their Catholic populations include “How persons in same-sex marriages are treated and how children they may adopt are cared for.”

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NOM, Tax Cheat? The Family, Terrorist Money Launderer? Vatican, Fleecing Europe Out Of $11 Billion?

So many anti-gay organizations, so many financial scandals! There is the National Organization for Marriage's alleged non-profit tax fraud. There is The Family, sponsor of the National Prayer Breakfast and hideout for anti-gay unfaithful politicos, being accused of receiving terrorist dollars a few years back. And then there's the Vatican facing a possible billion tax bill, thanks to more than five years of tax-free operation of some 100,000 properties, which could under European Law be considered illegal state subsidies. Almost makes the Catholic Church's priest molestation bill look affordable.


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Gramick and DeBernardo to speak at Resource Center tonight

Francis DeBernardo and Sr. Jeannine Gramick

Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo with New Ways Ministries will speak at Resource Center Dallas tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Gramick is a co-founder of New Ways Ministries, a Catholic organization which has focused on supporting gay and lesbian rights since the 1970s. DeBernardo has worked with New Ways for about 15 years.

They’re warm, entertaining, supportive allies. They will discuss the movement for equality for LGBT people in society and the Catholic Church.

In an interview with Dallas Voice that will appear in this week’s paper, Gramick said she began her work on behalf of the gay and lesbian community in 1971 after befriending a gay man. Despite orders from the Vatican to end her work and not speak publicly about gay and lesbian issues, she continues working tirelessly on behalf of the community.

Resource Center Dallas is located at 2701 Reagan St.

—  David Taffet