NEWS NOTES: Bishop Criticizes “Straight Pride;” Dignity Chapter Welcomes Archbishop; And More

Today's post features news updates on a Catholic bishop who sharply condemned "Straight Pride" rallies, the potential for a meeting between Dignity/Washington and D.C.'s new archbishop, and more.  Read More

Diocesan Survey Finds 86% of Catholics Seek Change in Church Teaching on Homosexuality

Listening sessions in an Irish diocese have found an overwhelmingly majority of Catholics there supporting changing the church's teachings on homosexuality, a finding that is "signs of life" according to one former priest and could enable a new future for the church. Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Pope Francis Says Fair Criticism Is “Always Well Received”

Responding to a journalist's question, Pope Francis said criticism of him is "always well received." What lessons might the pope's comments on criticism have for LGBTQ advocates and church reformers? Read More

New Theater Productions Tell of Queer Love in Catholic Schools

Two queer love stories with Catholic backdrops are coming to theaters this season, enchanting international audiences with messages of perseverance and young love. Read More

Catholic Sister in Philippines Strongly Endorses LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Bill

Filipinx Catholics have testified in support of that nation's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) Equality bill now under consideration with one woman religious saying the discrimination LGBTQ people cannot be ignored. Read More

Largest Swiss Diocese Endorses Civil Marriage Equality, Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

A diocese in Switzerland has endorsed civil marriage equality and religious blessings for same-gender couples, the latest step in the German-speaking church's ongoing progress towards LGBTQ equality. Read More

Fired Roncalli High Employees Describe Struggles for Church Worker Justice

The two LGBTQ church workers terminated by Roncalli High School have spoken out in recent interviews about their quests for justice. Read More

Beyond Male and Female in the Work/Home Balance Equation

Here at New Ways Ministry, we frequently point out that LGBTQ people offer great gifts to our institutional church.  I was recently reminded that LGBTQ people also offer gifts to another kind of "church" beyond the institutional:  the domestic church, meaning the family home. Read More

John Carroll University Cites Division on Campus as LGBTQ Drag Show Is Cancelled

John Carroll University officials have cancelled the college's annual LGBTQ drag show, citing a divisiveness on campus that likely stems from a 2018 dispute in the campus newspaper. Read More

Recent Steps Towards LGBTQ Inclusion Are Signs of Hope for Church

"What would it mean for the institutional church to welcome L.G.B.T. Catholics?" That is the question posed by Fr. James Martin, SJ, in a new column for America where he shares three recent steps towards inclusion. Read More