Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Joseph Palacios: Keeping faith in the fight for gay rights - by Sean Quigley, September 23, 2010 - The Georgetown Voice - Georgetown University

Last week, the official founding of Catholics for Equality sent a ripple through the Catholic community. The group, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender rights organization aiming to mobilize pro-equality Catholics in favor of same-sex marriage and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, is not even two weeks old, but it has already been denounced by several church leaders and outspoken members…

Rev. Joseph Palacios, an adjunct professor of liberal studies and Latin American studies, is a founding member of Catholics for Equality who embodies the paradoxical-seeming activist group perhaps better than anyone else. He holds a Ph.D in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, he is an openly gay, ordained Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and he has a background in politics. His distinct pedigree makes him uniquely suited to fighting the battles Catholics for Equality has chosen.

Knowingly fighting for causes the church does not condone, Palacios might be expected to lay low and avoid angering the Catholic establishment. But he makes no attempt to hide his role in the LGBT community. His activity in various D.C. gay rights groups is listed on his online Georgetown biography page. Despite the anger some Catholics feel about Catholics for Equality, he says that at Georgetown he has not been met with the type of opposition or condemnation that he finds elsewhere.
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