Beijing marathon this past weekend at hazardous air pollution level. Or, smogathon, as some netizens called it.
Gay couple 'thrown off bus for kissing' →
So I kiss my gf a peck and the driver calls me disgusting, who cares? Getting mad in return isn’t going to help change his mind. And they weren’t thrown off. They got off their stop and the bus driver yelled again to get off.
"Ms. Saiz, is Crist the guy who supports equal pay for women? Because then I’m gonna vote for him!"
Came out of nowhere with this statement. A couple more male students joined in and agreed. Just made my day. :)
"The struggle of my life created empathy - I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me."
Clothes are definitely not made to be worn inside out lol. I am dying to have my pockets back! #wackytacky #highschoolmemories
"How’d you meet?"
"He was representing my best friend’s ex-husband in a trial, and I marched into his office to inform him that his client was a lying scumbag."
"And so what were you thinking while she was yelling at you?"
“‘That’s a good looking woman.’”
New Vatican document says that maybe gays aren't so bad →
This week, the Vatican released a document stating that LGBT people have “gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community” and that same-sex unions do have some benefits. It’s the result of a two-week meeting of Catholic bishops on family life, and it has stirred mixed feelings so far.
The statements do not amount to any doctrinal changes; LGBT people are still considered “intrinsically disordered” by the Catholic Catechism. Nobody is sure what to make of this new doc; some LGBT Catholic groups are thrilled, some traditional Catholics are furious, and some people think it’s a PR stunt that won’t change anything about how the church operates.
Here’s more from the document:
“Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing them a fraternal space in our communities?” said the communique from the nearly 200 bishops and lay delegates. “Often they wish to encounter a church that offers them a welcoming home.
“Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?”
While they reaffirmed their opposition to gay marriage and same-sex unions, the bishops’ groundbreaking document nonetheless said homosexuality called for “serious reflection” and described it as an “important educative challenge” for the church.
I don’t know where I stand on this, exactly. It’s clear that Pope Francis has been more accepting of LGBT people than all the popes who came before him, but this is nowhere near calling on major change that will help LGBT Catholics be accepted into this traditionally conservative space. There’s no definitive statement being made; just some nice words here and there.