German Bishop Reaffirms His Request for Church Blessings and Civil Partnerships for Same-Gender Couples

A German bishop has reiterated his support blessing same-gender couples and the need for civil recognition of such relationships, too, saying the hierarchy must reconsider its teachings on homosexuality in light of contemporary science. Read More

U.S. Bishops Applaud Trump Administration Proposal Allowing Anti-LGBTQ Employment Discrimination

Top U.S. bishops have welcomed the Trump administration's proposed rule that would allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ employees. Read More

Catholic School Withdraws Teaching Contract Over Social Media Post with Rainbow Colors

A Catholic school has withdrawn a teacher's contract over the teacher's public support for LGBTQ equality, doing so even after that teacher promised to keep such support private going forward. Read More

New Lesbian Rabbi Brings LGBTQ Issues to Forefront at University of San Francisco

A new rabbi-in-residence at the University of San Francisco (USF) is bringing LGBTQ issues into the forefront of the  Jesuit campus’ social justice work. Read More

Top Swiss Church Official Endorses Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

A top lay official in Switzerland has endorsed blessings for same-gender couples and said that while local Catholic Church there has not issued an official statement on civil marriage equality, it does not oppose such legislation. Read More

Second Report That Catholic School Threatened Students Critical of LGBTQ Employee Firings

A second claim has been made against a Catholic high school saying administrators there tried to punish students who criticized its firing of two LGBTQ church workers. This claim comes shortly after the school announced a new policy that critics say aims to silence current students. Read More

Netflix’s “Queer Eye” Series Shows Working of Grace, Can Lead to Moments of Encounter

Queer Eye, Netflix's television series where five gay men provide life makeovers for clients in often dramatic ways, is, in one reviewer's words, "probably the strongest and most vivid representation currently on display in popular culture of how grace works." Read More

NEWS NOTES: U.S. Bishops Appoint New Religious Liberty Chair; Hungarians Support Anti-LGBTQ Polish Bishop; And More

Today's post includes an update on the U.S. bishops' new religious liberty chair, support an embattled Polish bishop has received from colleagues in Hungary, and a legal dispute developing between two Catholic parents and their lesbian daughter. Read More

Indianapolis Catholic Schools Exclude Brebeuf Jesuit Students from Athletic Competition

Catholic schools in Indianapolis have excluded student-athletes at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School from participating in a joint competition, a decision made following the archbishop's decree removing the school's Catholic designation because administrator's refused to discriminate against an LGBTQ employee. Read More

Parents Raise Alarm Over New Priest’s LGBTQ-Negative, Pro-Gun Social Media Posts

Parents and parishioners in Salt Lake City are raising the alarm about the appointment of anew parish priest, Fr. Erik Richtsteig because they fear he will be a negative influence on their church community.  Read More