Gays and Lesbians


Art by Robert Lentz
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"If you say someone is disordered, that means there is something wrong with that person at the root of their being. I can't believe God would make someone who is wrong from the very beginning."

Most Rev. Thomas Gumbleton,
auxiliary bishop of Detroit


DOCUMENTS
Vatican Response on Possibility of Ordaining Homosexuals to Priesthood By Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 2002

People in Homosexual Relationships Statement on Homosexuality from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference, 2000

Always Our Children A pastoral message to parents of homosexual children and suggestions for pastoral ministers. A statement of the Bishops Committee on Marriage and Family, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1997

Dignity, Love, Life Statement on Homosexuality from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference, 1996

Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons 1986 document issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith


ARTICLES, PAPERS

Christian Sect's Gay Snub By Andrew McGowan in Eureka Street, July 2010

Gay Marriage Would Undermine a Sacred Institution By Andrew Goddard, Anglican priest, Tutor in Christian Ethics at Trinity College, Bristol, in Guardian Online, 1 May 2009

Gays, Greed and Biblical Orthodoxy By Jon Kuhrt in Fulchrum, October 2009

Pastoral care and gays against the background of same-sex relationships in the Umwelt of the New Testament By Yolanda Dreyer, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 2008

Homosexuality and the Counsel of the Cross: A Clarification By Paul G. Crowley, SJ in Theological Studies, September 2008

What Male-Female Complementarity Makes Possible: Marriage As a Two-In-One-Flesh Union By Patrick Lee and Robert P. George in Theological Studies, September 2008

Truly Human Sexual Acts: A Response to Patrick Lee and Robert George By Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler in Theological Studies, September 2008

Same-Sex Relationships and Issues of Moral Obligation By Margaret A Farley in Anglican Theological Review, Summer 2008

Shaking the Foundations: LGBT Bishops and Blessings in the Fullness of Time By Marilyn McCord Adams in Anglican Theological Review, Fall 2008

Orientation and Choice By Thomas Breidenthal in Anglican Theological Review, Summer 2008

Biblical Perspectives on Homosexuality and Leadership By William Loader, prepared for the UCA Doctrine Working Group Colloquium, February 2008

Thomas Aquinas and (Our) Moral Debate By Mark D Jordan in Anglican Theological Review, Summer 2008

Gay, Orthodox, and Trembling: The Rise of Orthodox Jewish Gay Consciousness, 1970s-2000s By Yaakov Ariel, PhD, University of North Carolina, in Journal of Homosexuality, 2007

The Lost Sheep: Experiences of Religious Gay Men in Havana, Cuba By Michael J. Maher, Loyola University Chicago, in Journal of Religion and Society, 2007

Separated Brethren: Homosexuality & the Anglican Communion By Barry Jay Seltser in Commonweal, Sept 28, 2007

Good News for Gay Christians By Oliver O'Donovan, Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh, in Fulchrum, 2007

Romans 1:18-32 Amidst the Gay-Debate: Interpretative Options By Jeremy Punt, Department of Old & New Testament, University of Stellenbosch, in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 2007

Rights, Homosexuals, and Communion: Reflections in Light of Nigeria By Ephraim Radner, Rector, Church of the Ascension, Pueblo, Colorado, and Andrew Goddard, Tutor in Ethics, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, 2007

Scripture & Experience By Luke Timothy Johnson in Commonweal, June 15, 2007

Adam and Steve Revisited: The Problem With Gay By Fr. Ikenna Okafor, 2007

Gays & the Vatican By Stan Heck in Commonweal, Jan 13, 2006

A Gay Priest Speaks By Presbyter Ignotus in Commonweal, Feb 24, 2006

Prejudice, Homophobia and the Christian Faith Community By Y Dreyer, University of Pretoria, in Verbum et Ecclesia, 2006

Using the Bible in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Its Influence and Impact Amidst the Gay Debate By Jeremy Punt, Department of Old & New Testament, University of Stellenbosch, in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 2006

The Vatican & Gay Priests By William McDonough in Commonweal, Jan 13, 2006

The Vatican & Gay Priests By James Martin in Commonweal, Jan 13, 2006

Homophobia - Extended Version of the Fulcrum May Newsletter By Andrew Goddard, tutor in ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, 2006

Constructing a Coherent Christian Sexual Ethic: Towards Discovering the Gift of Homosexuality By John P. Edwards, 2006

A Gay Priest Speaks Out: The Vatican, Homosexuals & Holy Orders By Gerard Thomas in Commonweal, Jan 28, 2005

Toward a Holy Order: Homosexuality and the Priesthood By Father Raymond J. de Souza, 2005

Reflections on the Instruction on the Admittance of Homosexuals into Seminaries By Mons. Tony Anatrella, 2005

From Illusions Towards Truth: Thomas Merton's 'True Self' and Gay Spirituality By Patrick W. Collins in The Way, 2005

The Magisterium's Arguments against "Same-Sex Marriage": An Ethical Analysis and Critique By Stephen J. Pope in Theological Studies, September 2004

Homosexuality and the Counsel of the Cross By Paul G. Crowley in Theological Studies, September 2004

Episcopalians, Homosexuality, and World Mission By Willis Jenkins in Anglican Theological Review, Spring 2004

Blessing Same-Sex Marriages By Patricia Beattie Jung, associate professor and graduate programs director of theology at Loyola University, Chicago, in Word & World, 2003

The Open Debate: Moral Theology and the Lives of Gay and Lesbian Persons By James F. Keenan in Theological Studies, March 2003

Homosexuality: A Challenge to African churches By Maake Masango, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 2002

Rectifying the Tilt: Equality Lessons from Religion, Disability, Sexual Orientation, and Transgender By Chai R. Feldblum, Georgetown University Law Center, 2002

Reason, Faith and Homosexual Acts By John Finnis, Oxford University and University of Notre Dame, 2001

Courage: A Chastity Program For Persons With Same Sex Attractions By Fr. John Harvey,O.S.F.S, Founder, Courage, 2001

'Coming Out' as a Catholic School Teacher By Gerald D. Coleman in America, 2001

On Being Gay and Christian By Stephen A. Schmidt in Suffering: The Stauros Notebook, Winter 2001

What Do We Mean by “Genetic Influence”? A Primer For Catholics with Special Reference to Homosexuality By Jeremy M. Beer, University of Texas at Austin in Catholic Social Science Review, 2000

Dignity's Challenge: Can Homosexuals Feel at Home in Catholicism? By Shawn Zeller in Commonweal, July 14, 2000

Queering church, churching queers By Robin Hawley Gorsline in Cross Currents, Spring 1999

Gays, Lesbians, and the Catholic Church: an unfolding story Vatican proceeds against Fr. Bob Nugent and Sr. Jeannine Gramick. "Church of rules" and "Church of love" responses, July 1999

Christianity is a Queer Thing: The Development of Queer Theology By Elizabeth Stuart in The Way, 1999

Homosexual Orientation and Anthropology: Reflections on the Category "Objective Disorder" By Jack A. Bonsor in Theological Studies, March, 1998

An Open Letter to the Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church Regarding the Pastoral Care of Gay and Lesbian Persons By 23 Chicago priests, 1997

Bishop Matthew Clark's Homily In March 1997, Bishop Matthew Clark of Rochester celebrated Mass with lesbian and gay Catholics, and their families and friends

Christian Anthropology and Homosexuality This 1997 series of 14 articles on homosexuality was published in L'Osservatore Romano, the semi-official newspaper of the Holy See

Homosexuality By Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, 1997

Gay Catholics Praise "Warm" Pastoral Letter from Bishops By Heather Elizabeth Peterson in Greenbelt Interfaith News, October 1997

Catholic Document Begins to Change the Lives of Homosexuals By Heather Elizabeth Peterson in Greenbelt Interfaith News, November 1997

Catholic Bishops Condemn "Rhetoric of Violence" By Heather Elizabeth Peterson in Greenbelt Interfaith News, December 1997

Pro-Gay and Ex-Gay: Is There Room for Dialogue? By Heather Elizabeth Peterson in Greenbelt Interfaith News, December 1997. Part 1: The Chasm. Part 2: Bridges Across the Divide. Part 3: Emerging Common Ground.

Burials in Greek Macedonia: Possible Evidence for Same-Sex Committed Relationships in Early Christianity By Valerie Abrahamsen in Journal of Higher Criticism, 1997

Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality By Margaret O'Brien Steinfels in Commonweal, Sept 22, 1995

Why I Changed My Mind - about Gay Marriage - Column By Sidney Callahan in Commonweal, April 22, 1994

Sexual Orientation: The History and Significance of an Idea By Roland D. Martinson, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in Word & World, Summer 1994

A Referendum in Maine Voting on Gay Rights By James Kales in Commonweal, Jan 28, 1994

An Incarnational Ethic: Listening to One Another By Paul Baumann in Commonweal, Jan 28, 1994

Debate & Discernment: Scripture & the Spirit By Luke Timothy Johnson in Commonweal, Jan 28, 1994

A New Word on Homosexuality? Isaiah 56:1-8 as Case Study By Frederick J. Gaiser, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in Word & World, Summer 1994

On the Air No Room for Dialogue By James L. Nash in Commonweal, Jan 28, 1994

Homosexuality: Finding the Way of Truth and Love By Christopher Townsend in Cambridge Papers, June 1994

Now Who's Coming to Dinner? Pastoral Care for Family and Friends of Gay and Lesbian People By David K. Switzer, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Word & World, Summer 1994

A Scientific Understanding of Sexual Orientation with Implications for Pastoral Ministry By B. R. Simon Rosser, Program in Human Sexuality, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Word & World, Summer 1994

Can Wrongs Be Rights? Why a "Conservative" Might Support Legal Protections for Gay and Lesbian People By Marie A. Failinger, Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, in Word & World, Summer 1994

Denominational Teachings about Homosexuality By Patricia Beattie Jung, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, in Word & World, Summer 1994

He's Not Disordered, He's My Brother: A Bishop Risks Some Straight Talk about Gays By Tom Roberts in National Catholic Reporter, Nov 4, 1994

Gumbleton Hears Gay Stories, Some Angry By Dawn Gibeau in National Catholic Reporter, Nov 11, 1994

Articles in National Catholic Reporter, September 2, 1994
  • Are God's Loving Words Meant for the Ears of Heterosexuals Only? By Howard B. Warren, Jr.
  • I Wrestle with God in an Embrace that Calls Me to a New Identity By Kevin J. Calegari
  • Prayer Life Provides a Focus as I Cope with Dropping T-cell Counts By Scott Trepania
  • As a Reform Jew, I Use Text and Tradition as Guide, Not as Governor By Marc S. Blumenthal
  • Attending to Choices about Personal Life and Community Living By Mary E. Hunt
  • Different from Norm, We Reflect a God Who Delights in Surprises By Marianne Duddy
  • Vatican Teaching Underpins Anti-Gay Efforts By Robin Edwards
  • How Can I Be Centered on God While I Live in an Obsessed Society?

    "Wasted Seed": The History of a Rabbinic Idea By Michael Satlow, University of Cincinnati, 1993

    Letter on Gays Draws Protest - Brooklyn Bishop Thomas V. Daily's Pastoral Letter By Patricia Lefevere in National Catholic Reporter, Sept 10, 1993

    The Coptic Orthodox Church's View on Homosexuality Book by Fr. M. Mikhail of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, Seven Hills, Ohio, 1991

    Will Idolaters, Sodomizers, or the Greedy Inherit the Kingdom of God? A Pastoral Exposition of 1 Cor 6:9-10 By David L. Tiede, Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in Word & World, Spring 1990

    Homosexuality and Christian Tradition By Donald H. Juel, Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in Word & World, Spring 1990

    Homosexuality and the Old Testament By Frederick J. Gaiser, Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in Word & World, Spring 1990

    Homosexuality: A Pastoral Perspective By William E. Hulme, Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in Word & World, Spring 1990

    Public and Private, Strong and Weak By Timothy F. Lull, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California, in Word & World, Spring 1990

    Homosexuality and Chaste Celibacy By Joseph A. Tetlow in The Way, 1989

    Homosexual and Holy By Jim Cotter in The Way, 1988

    Letter on Pastoral Care of Gay and Lesbian Persons Dignity's 1987 response to the 1986 CDF Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church

    The Shape of Compassion: Reflections on Catholics and Homosexuality By James D. Whitehead and Evelyn Eaton Whitehead in Spirituality Today, 1987

    Homosexuality: The New Vatican Statement By Bruce Williams in Theological Studies, June 1987

    The Vatican Statement on Homosexuality By Gerald D. Coleman in Theological Studies, December 1987

    Homosexuality and Social Ethics By Randolph A. Nelson, Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in Word & World, 1985

    Homosexuals: Identity and Dignity By Patrick Henry in Theology Today, 1976

    Homosexuality as a Pastoral Problem By John F. Harvey in Theological Studies, March 1955

    Homosexuality: "That Which Is Unseemly" An article taken from And Adam Knew Eve: A Dictionary of Sex in the Bible, by Ronald L. Ecker

    Lesbianism: "Against Nature" An article taken from And Adam Knew Eve: A Dictionary of Sex in the Bible, by Ronald L. Ecker


    MISCELLANEOUS WEBSITES

    Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons

    AXIOS - Eastern and Orthodox Gay and Lesbian Christians

    Bishop's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Ministry in the (Anglican) Diocese of Los Angeles

    Brethren/Mennonite Council for Lesbian and Gay Concerns

    Buddhist Resources

    Can Religion Change Your Sexuality?

    Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities CPCSM seeks to create communities that are images of justice and inclusiveness, both in the Church and in society at large; to foster safe and affirming spaces for GLBT youths, adults, families, and their friends as we help them to integrate their sexual identities with their Catholic heritage; to combat violence, abuse, injustice, and prejudice; and to cultivate a world in which all human beings are regarded as worthy of love and respect

    Catholic Items on Homosexuality About a dozen items including a poll, a hotline for lesbians and gays, a bibliography, and church documents

    ChristianGay.com This website's outreach is primarily to the Gay community but also to the World to proclaim the Truth of God's Love. "He Loves You No Matter What They Say" , (written by and used here by permission of Lisa Arias) is the primary truth proclaimed by this web site

    Courage A support group helping Catholic men and women to live in accordance with the Catholic Church's pastoral teaching on homosexuality

    Dignity/USA Statement of Position and Purpose

    Early Teachings on Homosexuality By some of the Fathers of the Church

    Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns A North American Quaker faith community that affirms that of God in all people. Gathering twice yearly for worship and play, we draw sustenance from each other and from the Spirit for our work and life in the world. We are learning that radical inclusion and radical love bring further light to Quaker testimony and life

    Gay Buddhist Fellowship - San Francisco

    Gay Christian Online Gay Christian, Gay Parenting, Gay and Married, and Other Information, Articles, Books, and Internet Links on All Aspects of Gay and Lesbian Life; Plus, the Site's Author's Autobiography, Poetry and Music

    GayJews.Org GayJews.Org is committed to providing up to date, accurate information for Orthodox Jews who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered

    Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College & OutreachND LGBT alumni and their supporters from the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College and the gay and lesbian student organization at the University of Notre Dame

    GLBT Resource Page News & media, organizations, legal, elected officials, colleges, other

    Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues: All Viewpoints Covered Good background information, provided by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance

    Interfaith Working Group Religious Diversity and Social Issues: Equal rights for sexual minorities; Reproductive freedom; Separation of church and state. News, Opinion, Links, Opportunities for Action

    Judeo-Christianity and Homosexuality From the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender United Church of Christ

    Links relating to Homosexuality and Early Christianity

    More Light Presbyterians

    New Ways Ministry A national Catholic research, reflection, and resource center providing a bridge-building ministry of reconciliation for gay and lesbian persons, their families and friends, and the Catholic Church

    People with a History An Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History. Includes chapters on early Christianity, Byzantium, and Medieval Christianity

    Quaker Electronic Archive's Page on Same Sex Unions/Issues

    Quaker Lesbian & Gay Fellowship

    Queer Jihad Queer Jihad is the queer Muslim struggle for acceptance: first, the struggle to accept ourselves as being exactly the way Allah has created us to be; and secondly, the struggle for acceptance and tolerance among Muslims in general

    Rainbow Baptists A website providing support, information and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer identified Baptists, their family and friends

    Rainbow Christians

    Rainbow Sash Movement An organization of Gay and Lesbian Catholics, with their families and friends, who are calling for conversion of heart in the Church around its treatment of gay people

    Reformed Church of America Perspective on Homosexuality and the Rights of Homosexuals

    Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International

    Soundbites Against Homophobia Articulate Responses to Lies & Rhetoric, by Robin Kane

    Soulforce Soulforce, Inc. was created in 1998 to help recruit, train, and mobilize for action an interfaith, ecumenical network of volunteers committed to implementing the principles of nonviolence in the liberation of sexual minorities

    Suggestions for Action From People of Faith Against Bigotry

    Whosoever An online magazine for gay, lesbian and bisexual Christians

    World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jewish Organizations




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