May 15th, 2010
08:27 PM ET

Episcopal Church consecrates first openly lesbian bishop

The daughter of a priest, the Rev. Mary Glasspool has said that her sexual orientation is 'not an issue.'

The Episcopal Church consecrated its first openly lesbian bishop Saturday in the face of objections from some conservative Anglicans.

The Rev. Mary Glasspool, 56, is a new bishop surrounded by controversy.

Conservative factions in the Anglican Communion, a 77 million-member denomination worldwide that includes the Episcopal Church, have opposed the ordination of gay bishops.

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Filed under: Culture & Science • Episcopal

May 15th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Catholics fight ruling on lesbians' child

Catholic activists are asking Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley to get more involved in the matter.

Progressive Catholic groups vented outrage Friday over the decision of a Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts to rescind the admission of an 8-year-old student because his parents are lesbians.

"The idea that a child might be punished because he does not live with his two biologic parents is antithetical to notions of Christian charity and Catholic social justice," said Patrick Whelan, president of Catholic Democrats, in a statement Friday.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Culture & Science

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