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Pope Francis and Gays

As a former journalist with 24 years as a reporter and editor at a daily newspaper, I try to be understanding when news coverage of the Catholic Church falls short of the gold standard. News budgets at TV stations and newspapers have been shredded over the last decade, causing staffs to shrink. Few news organizations have religion experts on staff. But the recent media feeding frenzy over Pope Francis’s off-the-cuff remarks about homosexuality was truly exasperating. Let’s see what the Holy Father actually said. Here’s a transcript provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: …

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I’m Not Cryin’ on Sundays

As a person who studies religion and the internet, I can assure you that it was a very interesting place after the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act last month. In the spring, I finished my introductory religion course with a unit on homosexuality and gay marriage, a unit I was very nervous to go through with my first-year college students. My goal for the unit was to faithfully explain the Church’s position on homosexuality and gay marriage.  I did much work to begin the discussion with the Church’s picture of marriage …

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