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Weekly Bulletin
March 13, 2012

Pride and prejudice    


In the past few years, the U.S. bishops have been making one thing very clear: The Catholic Church does not accept same-sex marriage. So clear, in fact, that recently some gay Catholics have lost their jobs for getting married in states that recognize it. When a non-Catholic who expressed support for same-sex marriage in a context unrelated to her work with a Catholic social service organization that received some diocesan funding, the archdiocese withdrew its financial support.


Long before same-sex marriage became a hot topic, U.S. Catholic was covering issues related to gay and lesbian Catholics and their relationship to the church. Sticking to what we do best--telling the stories of faith in real life--we've compiled a selection of articles from our archives. Glean from the perspective of devout Catholic parents who learn their son is gay, explore whether the church's teaching on homosexuality is consistent with its teaching on human dignity, and read why one gay couple chose not to marry. And of course, when you're done, tell us what you think in the comments or by emailing  


This week on

Life: No stereotypes need apply   

Irish Americans have inherited a rich and multifaceted culture--that's not all about drinking. Catherine O'Connell-Cahill shares how her family uses storytelling and music to pass on the family roots.

Does the church tell me how to vote?

Faith informs our life choices, including whose name we check in the voting box. But there's no Catholic vote, writes James Dinn in this Glad You Asked from the archives.


Culture: No room at the inn
Thanks to Alabama's controversial immigration law, the state's Latino Catholics now fear suspicion for simply practicing their faith, writes Meinrad Scherer-Emunds.           blogs


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The Examined Life: It takes more than a newspaper ad to make Catholics leave the church  

The Freedom From Religion Foundation caused a stir on Friday with a full-page ad in The New York Times with the heading "It's time to consider quitting the Catholic Church."

The Examined Life: What does it take to reopen a parish? Cleveland Catholics are about to find out
In a verdict that was both surprising and refreshing, a Vatican congregation this week overruled the decision of Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon to close 13 parishes in his diocese, ruling in favor of a group of parishioners who've been fighting to keep their parishes open.

Catholic Tastes: What would Jesus drink? 
You don't exactly need to go out on a limb to imagine that the wine served at Jesus' farewell dinner was likely a local vintage. Certainly it wasn't something terribly expensive but tasty, moderately-priced, and probably even made by a friend who grew his own grapes.  


Margin Notes: The bishops' little publicized petition
The U.S. bishops have been talking so loudly lately about contraception and religious freedom that it's beginning to overshadow their other initiatives. Did you know, for example, that the bishops are presenting President Obama with a petition to change our country's policy on nuclear weapons?


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