Blessing Same-Gender Couples Is Matter of Conscience for Priests, Says German Bishop

Ahead of planned blessings for same-gender couples on May 10th, a German bishop has said priests and pastoral ministers must follow their consciences on whether to participate. Another bishop in Germany, however, has expressed his concerns about the upcoming blessings action. Read More

Non-Binary Student Targeted by Hate Crime at Catholic University Leads Inclusion Efforts

The University of San Diego’s student government passed a resolution in support of transgender people on campus, calling on the university’s administration to do more about gender inclusivity. Such calls have been growing since an anti-trans hate crime occurred in 2019. Read More

Archbishop Compares Some Marriages, Including LGBTQ Relationships, to Bestiality

A U.S. archbishop made anti-LGBTQ remarks while speaking at a healthcare conference that included a comparison of some marriages, including those of same-gender couples, to bestiality. Read More

Fr. Dan Horan Refutes Some Catholics’ Anti-Transgender Claims, Seeks Welcome Instead

Responding to a recent flurry of anti-transgender speech and legislation across the U.S., Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, has called for the Catholic Church to be welcoming to the transgender community. Read More

Gay Pastors in Netherlands Vow to Ignore Vatican Ban on Same-Gender Blessings

A collective of gay pastoral workers in the Netherlands has vowed to ignore the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples, encouraging other church workers to do likewise. Read More

Courageous Pastors Are Needed to Open Wider the Door “Amoris Laetitia” Left Ajar

Pope Francis has pushed ajar the door for the organic development of Catholic sexual teaching. It will require courageous bishops, pastors, laity, and LGBTQ individuals to work to push that door wide open. . . Read More

U.S. Catholics, Including Sisters of Mercy, Express Pain About Vatican Blessings Ban

Despite the Vatican's attempt to end the conversation on blessing same-gender couples, negative reactions to the ban continue to pour in from all parts of the Catholic world. Some of that conversation is about the difficult navigation of LGBTQ Catholics choosing to remain in the church or leave, and the losses that such leaving cause to the church. Read More

Globally, More and More Catholics in Ministry Object to Vatican’s Ban on Same-Gender Blessings

Clergy and pastoral ministers are still issuing statements of support for and promises of solidarity with the LGBTQ community in the wake of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's ban on blessing same-gender couples. Today's post features some of those reactions from outside the United States. Read More

Organizations Representing One Million Catholic Women Call for Same-Gender Blessings

Organizations representing a million Catholic women in the German-speaking areas of four countries have released an open letter protesting the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples and calling for a renewal of church teaching. Meanwhile, a key cardinal who has been critical of the ban has weighed in again. Read More

100+ Theologians Support New Ways Ministry’s Pledge to Bless Same-Gender Couples

Catholic theologians are speaking out about why they support New Ways Ministry's pledge to bless same-gender couples, signed by more than 3,000 Catholics since it was launched in response to the Vatican's ban on such blessings. Read More