What Gifts Could Church Gain By Welcoming Transgender Catholics, Asks Writer

In the National Catholic Reporter, transgender Catholic Maxwell Kuzma has written about what positive impact the Vatican's greater welcome to gender-expansive people could have. Read More

Catholic Reform Advocates’ Response to Synod Is Largely Negative

Catholic reformers have responded largely negatively to the synthesis report from last month's General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality. The report failed to mention LGBTQ+ people directly, though a closer reading reveals sections that, if applied to gender and sexuality issues, could be helpful. Read More

Catholics Resist Bay Area Bishops’ Letter Denying Transgender Identities

Catholic parents and community members have strongly resisted a transgender-negative joint letter from two California bishops this fall. Read More

Post-Synod Commentaries Reveal Fuller Story on LGBTQ+ Discussions

In the two weeks since the Synod on Synodality's first General Assembly ended, a flurry of reactions and commentaries have appeared, both about the meeting's final report and the larger process. Read More

Brazilian Church Incorporates Catholic LGBTQ+ Network into Church Structures

Pro-LGBTQ+ Catholic groups in Brazil have received welcome and openness within the church, while encountering pushback from Brazilian society. Read More

LGBTQ+ Youth “Deserve So Much Better” from Church, Writes Catholic Sister

Sr. Christine Schenk, CSJ, is currently grieving the loss of freedom for many LGBTQ+ students in Ohio. Read More

On Synodality and Awakening

Are we awake? Is the Church awake? Is the Church a foolish bridesmaid or a wise one? Read More

Synodality Can Produce Supportive Polices for LGBTQ+ Students, Writes Theologian

Nick Fagnant, Commonweal's Synod Writing Fellow and a doctoral student in theology, writes about how the spirit of Pope Francis’ Synod on Synodality can influence Catholic schools’ policies toward LGBTQ+ students. Read More

U.S. Bishops Appear Poised to Elect LGBTQ-Negative Leaders

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is set to elect a new secretary, as well as six committee chairs next week, when they meet from November 13th to 16th. Most of the candidates skew LGBTQ-negative, once again contrasting the USCCB with Pope Francis' desired way of being church. Read More

New Ways Ministry: Vatican’s Transgender Guidance Reflects Pope’s Pastoral Approach

The Vatican’s affirmation that transgender people should be welcomed in the church’s sacramental life signals Pope Francis’ desire for a pastorally-focused approach to LGBTQ+ issues is taking hold. Read More