A vicar in the Church of England has proposed a motion that would allow for a liturgical celebration of an individual's identity following gender transition, much like a baptism, and would include a renaming ceremony.
The Rev. Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, recently proposed the motion for the church's General Synod to consider.
"That this Synod, recognising the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person's gender transition," reads the motion. more >>
Diarmuid Martin, the archbishop of Dublin, Ireland, believes the Catholic Church needs to reestablish itself as a moral authority in Ireland after the passing of same-sex marriage by popular vote last week.
Martin spoke with broadcaster RTE about the Catholic Church needing to reconnect with young people after a referendum found 62 percent of people were in favor of changing Ireland's constitution to allow gays and lesbians to marry.
"We [the church] have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of the realities. We won't begin again with a sense of renewal, with a sense of denial," said Martin. more >>
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that his country will not follow in the footsteps of Ireland and hold a referendum on legalizing same-sex marriage, despite pressure from other politicians, including his own lesbian sister and fellow politician Christine Forster. Abbott added that he's probably the last person in his family to uphold traditional marriage.
"Referendums are held in this country when there is a proposal to change our constitution and I don't think anyone is suggesting the constitution needs to be changed in this respect," Abbott said following the referendum in Ireland, the Irish Times reported on Monday.
"It's up to members of parliament who are eager for change to decide whether they want to bring it forward." more >>
I said it was coming. Many of us did. Two years ago this week the Boy Scouts of America voted to welcome into its ranks "open and avowed" homosexuality (boy-on-boy sexual attraction and behavior), thereby disavowing the "morally straight" Scout Oath its members are sworn to uphold.
Shortly thereafter I warned, "In so doing, the [Boy Scouts of America (BSA)] effectively waived the only legal defense it once had to preclude openly homosexual Scout leaders and gender-confused girls from its ranks: religious and moral conviction. It's only a matter of time until the BSA is forced to capitulate to sexual extremists' political demands and allow homosexual adults – men who define their identity based upon carnal appetites for other males – to take your boys on overnight camping trips."
It's happened. On Thursday BSA President Robert Gates announced that the organization's unconditional surrender to the homofascist left is forthcoming and that the BSA will soon invite men who have sex with males (MSM) to become troop leaders. "The status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained," Gates disingenuously claimed, indicating that to maintain the BSA's century-old proscription on "out" homosexual men would spell "the end of us as a national movement." more >>
Ireland, a traditionally Catholic country, appears to have become the first country to legalize gay marriage through a popular vote Saturday, as both government ministers and opponents of the proposed constitutional amendment said hours after the counting of votes began Saturday.
"I think it's won," Equality Minister Aodhan O. Riordain, who was at the main count center in Dublin, told Reuters as final results are expected later in the day. "The numbers of people who turned out to vote is unprecedented. This has really touched a nerve in Ireland today."
David Quinn, director of the Catholic think tank Iona Institute, which opposes same-sex marriage, agreed with the likely victory of gay marriage supporters. He tweeted: "Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done." more >>
The leader of a Christian scouting group that was founded by former members of the Boy Scouts of America after the organization opened its membership to openly gay youth, said he's "saddened" by the BSA president's Thursday statement that the organization should also lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders.
On Thursday BSA President Robert M. Gates announced that the longstanding male youth organization's ban on openly gay scout leaders "was not sustainable."
Gates also stated while addressing the BSA's annual national meeting in Atlanta that "that this will probably happen sooner rather than later." more >>