LCWR Supporters Write to Bishops with Christmas Greetings

New Ways Ministry staff write to support LCWR
New Ways Ministry’s Bob Shine and Sister Jeannine Gramick write to support LCWR.

New Ways Ministry staff and local friends sent over two dozen cards in support of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the nuns who have long championed LGBT persons and organizations, including New Ways Ministry.

The Nun Justice Project, a coalition of Catholic church reform and social justice organizations including New Ways Ministry, asked Catholics to send Christmas cards and emails to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and the three American bishops (Archbishop Peter Sartain, Bishop Leonard Blair, and Bishop Thomas Paprocki) tasked with implementing the Vatican’s mandate for LCWR.

You can add your support through this link. New Ways Ministry strongly encourages all Catholics and LGBT advocates to send notes expressing your support for LCWR in this Christmas season.

As reported previously, the Vatican’s critique of the nuns partially emerged out of their support for LGBT persons and organizations.  You can find previous Bondings 2.0 posts about the nuns’ controversy by typing “LCWR” into the “Search” box in the right-hand column of this page.

–Bob Shine, New Ways Ministry

Previous post on the LCWR card writing campaign:

December 5, 2012: Support LCWR with a Christmas Card to the Nuncio and the Bishops!

What Were the Best and Worst Catholic LGBT News Items of 2012?

best worstAs the year draws to a close, it’s natural to look back and reflect on all that has passed in the previous 12 months.  Publications will soon be starting to include year-end surveys of the “best” and “worst” of 2012 in their respective fields, so Bondings 2.0 wants to do the same for the Catholic LGBT world.  So we ask our readers:  what were the best and worst Catholic LGBT news items of 2012?

It’s going to be a challenge to select the most important ones to highlight. It’s been a packed year with numerous major news stories concerning the relationship of Catholicism and LGBT activities.

Below are two poll questions, followed by 15 possible answers, plus the choice “Other” for you to write in your own suggestions. We ask that you pick your top FIVE answers to each question.

If you would like to refresh your memory of what happened this past year, just use the tools in the right hand column of this blog to find stories that have been reported on here.  You can search by clicking on a category, by using a search term, or by reviewing posts by month.

Please take a moment to complete these two poll questions.  We will publish the results, along with our own choices during the last week of the year.  Thank you for participating!

–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry