Court: Church Legally Justified in Firing of Gay Church Worker in Chicago

In a ruling released last week, a federal judge has said a Catholic parish was legally justified in firing a gay church worker. The Washington Blade reported: “In a seven-page decision, U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras determined Tuesday the Holy Family…

Fired N.C. Gay Teacher Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

U.S. federal court will be the venue for the latest employment suit brought by an LGBT person against a Catholic institution. Lonnie Billard, who in 2014 was fired from his job as an English and drama teacher at Charlotte Catholic…

Lawsuit Filed by Fired Gay Church Worker Claiming Discrimination

A fired church worker has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the church institution which fired him, and its affiliated diocese. John M. Murphy filed the federal lawsuit earlier this month against the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, and against the St. Francis…

Fired Church Worker’s Lawsuit May Proceed Against Archdiocese, Court Rules

A federal court in Chicago has ruled that a fired gay church worker’s discrimination case against his former employers may proceed as he had hoped. The Archdiocese of Chicago had filed a motion to dismiss former music director Colin Collette’s lawsuit…

Gay Church Worker Says Being Fired Was a “Kick in the Stomach”

A former church worker who is gay said being fired was like being “kicked in the stomach,” and, in a new video, he reaffirmed his commitment to seek justice. John Murphy filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)…

Fired Church Worker Still Proclaims Justice, Even After Diocese Settles Lawsuit

There’s a feeling you get when you’re in the presence of someone holy. It’s different than when you meet a celebrity. With a celebrity, you feel awe because of their reputation, and tend to feel a little diminished in yourself.…

SYNOD 2015: Cardinal Marx’s New Approach to Lesbian & Gay Relationships

One of the strongest pro-gay voices to emerge at the synod in October 2014 was Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and a member of Pope Francis’ council of cardinal advisers.  Time and again during the meeting in Rome last…