Ireland’s Gay Hero

casement New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh are boycotting their local St. Patrick’s Day parades because the organizers will not permit gays and lesbians take part if they openly proclaim their sexual orientation.

This is a very old controversy, and every time it flares up I am once again amazed that no one thinks to mention Roger Casement—a man who is unquestionably one of Ireland’s greatest heroes and who was also unquestionably gay. Continue reading Ireland’s Gay Hero

Kissing the Lepers?

Pope Francis How much significance is the world to attach to Pope Francis’ extraordinary statement on Monday that it was not for him “to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?” And then, “You can’t marginalize these people.”

The pope was responding to a reporters’ questions on gays in the ranks of Catholic clergy. Traditionalists and critics alike were quick to point out that at the same time, the pope reaffirmed church teaching by calling homosexual acts a sin. But the fact remains that this is the first time in history that a pope has spoken out in defense of gay priests. To me, it is an event so dramatic as—well—as to recall St. Francis of Assisi kissing lepers. Continue reading Kissing the Lepers?

Why I Returned My Eagle Scout Badge

On August 23, I joined with over 120 Eagle Scouts and returned my Eagle badge in protest over the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to reaffirm its ban on openly gay Scouts and Scout leaders. Continue reading Why I Returned My Eagle Scout Badge