You won’t find too many institutions with a worse track record toward the LGBTQ community than the Catholic Church. But over the past few years and under the leadership of Pope Francis, progressive values have gained some ground — offering a sliver of cautious hope for more reform down the line. When an assailant entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando one year ago today and murdered 49 LGBT individuals and allies for no true reason other than homophobia, the response from the Catholic hierarchy in America was mixed. But author and Jesuit priest James Martin, SJ, took to Facebook to issue a swift and clear call for the Catholic community to “stand in strong and public solidarity” at a moment of grief and loss.
June 12 / Salon