Entries by Robert Shine, Managing Editor

Activists in Bahamas, South Africa, Poland, Elsewhere Laud Pope’s Civil Union Support

For many commentators, Pope Francis’ recent comments reiterating his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples were not far enough. Less heard, but quite relevant, are voices who note that Francis simply speaking of LGBTQ people positively makes a tremendous impact in areas where LGBTQ people remain very much at risk.

Elton John, “Two Popes” Actor, Global Activists, and More Respond to Pope’s Civil Union Support

Responses to Pope Francis’ support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples have continued to be posted online through media interviews, social media posts, and statements.

In Wake of McCarrick, Catholic Recalls John Paul II’s “Heartless Legacy” on LGBTQ People

The Vatican’s report on ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s pattern of abuse and the clerical culture that allowed it has renewed discussion on the legacy of Pope John Paul II and, more specifically, on his canonization as a saint. One Catholic has raised LGBTQ-related concerns, too, among the others.

U.S. Bishops Signal Potential “Showdown” with Biden Over Equality Act, Other Issues

Meeting virtually this week, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed that the nation’s episcopal conference remains deeply conservative. In concluding remarks, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) head took aim at President-elect Joe Biden in what one journalist has suggested might become a “showdown” between church leaders and the new administration, in part because of LGBTQ equality.

In Civil Unions Support, Pope Francis Avoids Judgement Many Seek, Leaves Catholics to Discern

Journalist and papal biographer Austin Ivereigh has offered his opinion about how to interpret Pope Francis’ remarks supportive of same-gender civil unions, namely that the pope has once again refrained from judging and left the faithful to discern how to proceed.