Archdiocese of Salzburg Publishes New Book on Church Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

Austria’s Archdiocese of Salzburg has published a new book which explores the blessings of same-gender unions, an important step towards formal recognition of LGBTQ+ relationships in a country where marriage equality was instituted in 2019.  Read More

Rector of U.S.’ First Cathedral Calls Drag Story Time “Evil”; Ruth Hunt Joins House of Lords; And More News

Today's post features news briefs on one Catholic priest's harmful comments about drag story hours, a Catholic lesbian's appointment to the U.K.'s House of Lords, and the legacy of LGBTQ advocate Wendell Rodricks, who recently passed away. Read More

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton Issues Support for Dignity/Detroit After Sanctions

Bishop Gumbleton, a longtime advocate for LGBTQ equality and other social justice causes, has spoken up to support Dignity/Detroit, a local organization of LGBTQI Catholics and their supporters, after the Archdiocese of Detroit issued sanctions against the group. Read More

Jamie Manson: Lesbian Couple’s Love on Netflix Is “Sacramental in Every Sense”

National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie Manson reflected on the tension between the timing of "A Secret Love," the Netflix documentary that affirms queer partnerships, and the Catholic Church's exclusion of queer people in the workplace and in marriage. Read More

Students Rally to Support Teacher Terminated by Catholic School Over Same-Gender Marriage

A Catholic school's students and alumni have voiced their objections to the school's decision to not renew a gay teacher's contract because of his same-gender marriage, a decision backed by the local archbishop. Read More

Pope’s Almoner: Support for Transgender Sex Workers is “Ordinary Work for the Church”

Praise is being heaped upon Pope Francis for his support earlier this month of transgender women who have suffered economically because of the coronavirus pandemic, while the pope's personal almoner has said such support is "ordinary work for the Church." Read More

Virtual Catholic LGBTQ Pride Event: “We, Though Many, Are One Body” 

To help Catholics celebrate LGBTQ Pride in this challenging time, New Ways Ministry will host a virtual prayer service and gathering entitled, "We, Though Many, Are One Body." Read More

Supreme Court Hears Catholic School Cases that Could Impact LGBTQ Church Workers

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in two cases concerning the various factors that will determine how workers may be classified as “ministers” when employed by religious institutions. The decision in these joined cases could have an impact on the scores of employment disputes involving LGBTQ issues that have occurred in the last decade. Read More

LGBTQ Equality Should Be Part of Pope Francis’ Vision for the Post-Pandemic World

Pope Francis has invited the world to consider how we can build a post-pandemic "collective future" free from inequality. As we heed the pope's message, we must also add that the collective future—both for the church and the world—must include equality for LGBTQ people. Read More

With Catholic Support, Polish Government Seeks to Define LGBTQ People as Child Abusers

The Polish government’s targeted political campaign against the LGBTQ community continues to gain traction, driven by its ultranationalist leading party and galvanized by the institutional church as well as by Polish society, of which a majority identifies as Catholic.   Read More