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Connections: Discussing the Vatican's responsum regarding same sex unions


The Vatican recently released a statement – a "responsum," in official terms – regarding whether the Church could bless same sex unions. The responsum contained a single word: "Negative." There was an explanatory note attached that explained the Church "does not and can not bless sin." For Catholics who have hoped that Pope Francis was moving the Church in a more progressive direction, this was a difficult piece of news to take in. Is this the end of their dream of a Church that supports the LGBTQ community?

Our guests discuss it:

  • Stan "J.R." Zerkowski, director of the Diocese of Lexington LGBT Ministry, and executive director of Fortunate Families
  • Bryan Wilkinson, tech professional who considered pursuing the priesthood
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.