Standing in solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters. Since I recorded this, I learned that Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg had expressed his condolences to the LGBT community and Bishop David Zubik of PIttsburgh had asked for prayers for gays and lesbians. Update 6/14: Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego expressed sympathy for the LGBT communities and spoke out against homophobia, and Bishop Stowe of Lexington inveighed against homophobia.
Breaking: Amazing! Some scoffed when the Pope mentioned this a few weeks ago in a meeting of the heads of women's religious orders, saying it would probably never happened. Others said that the Pope was just mollifying the crowd, and nothing would come of it. Still others said there would be a committee appointed, but one not truly open to the topic. Well, the new papal committee to study women deacons includes the US theologian Phyllis Zagano, a longtime advocate for the female diaconate. http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/vatican-francis-announces-commission-women-deacons The ordination of women to the diaconate is not an idea whose time has come but an historical reality that needs to be fully recovered. Here is one of Professor Zagano's articles for us: http://americamagazine.org/issue/422/article/catholic-women-deacons Link