(RNS) Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued by the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Participation in funerals of gay service members is also off-limits. But Catholic commanders may be able to facilitate same-sex benefits if they publicly register their objections.
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(RNS) Pope Francis has given a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order in which he made a number of stunningly frank comments that are likely to rattle the church and cement his reputation as a pastoral rather than a doctrinal leader. Here are excerpts featuring his most provocative comments, plus links to the full transcript.
(RNS) “Naming a center after a person who is still alive can make it seem that an individual somehow on their own was able to accomplish what he accomplished. It was our people. “
Francis has been dubbed the “cold-call pope” due to his penchant for picking up the phone and calling all sorts of folks. But his habit can also encourage hoaxes and pranksters, and the Vatican this week had to deny two reports of alleged papal phone calls.
Author and commentator Dan Savage, host of the ‘Savage Love’ podcast, explains the origins of the “Not All Like That” Christians Project.
(RNS) The one in four evangelicals who are largely ambivalent on the question of homosexuality won’t necessarily be leading the charge for gay rights, but they’re well known in their churches and what they say (or don’t say) can have an impact.
(RNS) Pope Francis said nothing that would indicate that there would be any change in the tenet that homosexuality is, as the Catholic catechism states, “objectively disordered.” But he appeared to push back against a policy that gay men cannot be ordained.
(RNS) Refusal to serve — using religion to discriminate — isn’t new. The idea that any service could be denied based on religious conviction didn’t survive the civil rights revolution and should not be revived now.
We asked faith leaders and members: What does the Supreme Court decision today mean for you in the context of your faith?