PRESS> The Ways of Love: James Alison Explains a Role for LGBT Catholics

Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry, October 4th, 2014
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Saluti da Roma! Greetings from Rome! As you may know, New Ways Ministry’s Sister Jeannine Gramick and I are in the Eternal City for several events surrounding the extraordinary synod of bishops on marriage and the family which runs from October 5th-19th.
Yesterday, we attended an amazing international theological conference entitled, The Ways of Love: Pastoral Care with Homosexual and Transgender People. Close to 200 people from at least 14 nations attended the meeting. The conference was sponsored by the European Forum for Lesbian/Gay Christians,’ and New Ways Ministry was one of the co-sponsors.
The conference website will soon post the texts of the major speakers, and I will post about their talks when the texts are online so that you can link to the entire manuscript. America magazine has already posted the text of theologian James Alison’s talk, and I will try to summarize it here, but strongly encourage you to read the entire text here.

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Press> Catholic priest calls for inclusion of LGBT persons in faith communities

Denis Nzioka News Agency and Service (Kenya) 3 Oct, 2014
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Catholic priest and theologian says homosexuality is Divine and a call to holiness. Fr James Alison is based in Brazil but has worked extensively on homosexuality and Catholic faith, in particular on Catholic consciousness and gay consciousness. Priest calls for inclusion of LGBT persons in Catholic communities and other faiths. Argues homosexuals and transgender persons agents of a ”new Evangelization” capable of freeing themselves from oppression and discrimination.

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Bishop Geoffrey Robinson: “Towards a new understanding of lgbt lives and love”

Presentation by Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, retired Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of Sydney (Australia), for “The ways of Love”, an International Conference towards pastoral care with homosexual and trans people (Rome, Italy, October 3, 2014)

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The thesis of this paper is in three parts:

1. There is no possibility of a change in the teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexual acts unless and until there is first a change in its teaching on heterosexual acts;
2. There is a serious need for radical change in the Church’s teaching on heterosexual acts;
3. If and when this change occurs, it will inevitably have its effect on teaching on homosexual acts.

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Joseanne Peregin: “Fears and hopes as a Catholic mother of a gay son – a parent’s perspective”

Presentation by Joseanne Peregin (President of Christian Life Community, Malta – “LGBT children’s parents’s fears and expectations”) for “The ways of Love”, an International Conference towards pastoral care with homosexual and trans people (Rome, Italy, October 3, 2014)
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Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined I would be giving a speech to theologians. But then again, never would I have ever dreamt that one day, I would be the mother of a gay son either. I come from the tiny island of Malta, where everybody knows everyone and most of us are traditional Catholics.

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Conference “When Identity Becomes a Crime – Criminalization of Homosexuality Globally” (Rome, 11 October 2014)

In about 80 countries of the world, homosexuality is criminalized, and imprisonment or corporeal punishment are the penalties. Seven countries have even instituteted the death penalty as a sentence for homosexual “offences”. Uganda and Nigeria were forerunners of a new wave in African countries in threatening with life sentences. With Gambia and the Tchad, only in the last week two further countries have decided to follow this same path. The legal situation forces LGBT people into a life in fear and desperation, very often leaving no other option than fleeing and becoming a refugee.

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“The ways of love.” Walking towards a pastoral reception of LGBT people

An interview with Andrea Rubera, co-spokesperson of the Conference. By Silvia Lanzi of the Gionata Project
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Le strade dell’amore – The ways of love” is the title of the International Conference for a Pastoral Care of Homosexual and Trans People that will take place in Rome (Italy) on 3 October 2014. Also in Rome during October, the Extraordinary Synod on the Family will take place, and it is for this reason that many different Christian LGBT organisations are going to meet to review progress on an essential issue for people of faith: pastoral care. We asked Andrea Rubera, one of the two spokespersons of the conference, and president of Nuova Proposta, to answer to some questions about this issue.

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