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The Need For A Catholic Ministry To Transgendered Persons

Washington D.C., Feb 9, 2017 / 02:59 am (CNA).- Walt Heyer remembers the moment when he started desiring to be a girl. When he was just 4 years old, Heyer’s grandmother would crossdress him while she was babysitting. She loved seeing Heyer in dresses, and even made him his own purple chiffon...

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Catholic Bishops See Trouble In Trump-Backed LGBT Executive Order

Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2017 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops are concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to maintain a “troubling” Obama-era executive order that could demand federal contractors violate their religious beliefs on marriage and gender ideology. “In seeking...

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Gay Marriage Lawsuit Against Catholic School Not Expected To Succeed

Charlotte, N.C., Jan 17, 2017 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawsuit against a Catholic high school claims that it was illegal discrimination to fire a teacher for contracting a same-sex civil marriage, but a law professor suggests the case will not make any progress. “What they're trying to...

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Can You Teach The Truth And Not Be A Hater? This Ministry For Gay Catholics Says Yes.

Phoenix, Ariz., Jan 13, 2017 / 03:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a country where gay marriage has gained widespread acceptance – both culturally and legally – in the past several years, it can be difficult for pastors or others in ministry to stick to the Church’s teachings on the subject without...

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Religious Leaders: Sexual Orientation Laws Threaten Freedom

Washington D.C., Dec 14, 2016 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s time to end coercion against those who recognize marriage as a union of one man and one woman and see the sexes as male and female, a group of religious and thought leaders has said. “As Americans, we cherish the freedom to...

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Amid Racial Tensions, US Bishops Search For Healing And Peace

Baltimore, Md., Nov 15, 2016 / 03:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Race relations, racism, and violence were on the mind of the United States bishops during their fall general assembly in Baltimore. “The Church has a tremendous opportunity, and an equally tremendous responsibility, to bring people...

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Supreme Court To Hear School's Transgender Bathroom Case

Washington D.C., Oct 28, 2016 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear a case on whether students identifying as transgender may be required to use restrooms according to their biological birth sex. “Schools have a duty to protect the privacy and safety of...

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Why LGBT Activists Are Standing By These Christian Businesses

Washington D.C., Oct 28, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Kentucky t-shirt designer Blaine Adamson declined to print promotional shirts for a gay pride festival, he found himself facing a discrimination ruling from the county’s human rights commission. But he also found an abundance of...

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One Fewer Christian-Owned Bakery After Religious Freedom Fight

Portland, Ore., Oct 10, 2016 / 06:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christian couple has closed their Oregon bakery, which faced heavy fines after they declined to make a cake for a same-sex “wedding” ceremony. “We have closed Sweet Cakes,” the bakery said on its Facebook page Sept. 29. “We appreciate...

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Ministry Leaders Of Hispanic Catholics Meet In Rome For V Encuentro

Leaders in ministry to Hispanic Catholics in the United States stand in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Sept. 26 with the Encuentro cross. Making a pilgrimage to Rome in preparation for launching the four-year Encuentro process are Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, director of the V Encuentro;...

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Pope Francis: Love Those Who Struggle, But Don't Push Gender Theory On Kids

Aboard the papal plane, Oct 2, 2016 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On his way back from Georgia and Azerbaijan Pope Francis criticized what he called the “wicked” push of gender theory in schools, but stressed that individuals who struggle with their sexual identity ought to be treated with mercy,...

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Meet The Courage Apostolate's New Leader: Fr. Philip Bochanski

Washington D.C., Sep 29, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Expansion and further welcoming outreach are the plans for the next head of Courage International, a Catholic apostolate for people with same-sex attraction. “I look forward to welcoming more courageous men and women in the name of the...

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Thousands Of Students, Parents Ask Supreme Court To Protect Bathroom Privacy

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2016 / 04:37 pm (CNA).- More than 8,900 students, parents and school community members are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect a restroom privacy policy for students in a Virginia school district. “Placing students in circumstances where their privacy is...

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Catholic Event Aims To Answer 'challenging' Sexuality Questions With Charity

Phoenix, Ariz., Sep 24, 2016 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-run conference aims to help clergy, lay ministers, and medical and mental health professionals provide better support for people who experience same-sex attraction or confusion about sexual identity. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted...

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Catholic School Says It Can't Meet Demands Of Transgendered Student

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 14, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic high school in New Jersey has denied a transgendered student admission after recognizing it would be unable to meet certain accommodations requested by the student and the student’s parents. A 14-year-old originally...