QUOTE TO NOTE: What Archbishop Chaput Has Wrong

Perhaps no one did more to raise the profile of LGBT issues at the synod on youth than Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput.  Read on to learn about his latest statement on the topic. Read More

A Peek Into What Might Be in the Synod Final Document?

I thought this press briefing was instructive to understand some of the opposition to LGBT issues that exists in the synod, even from some people that we might consider allies.  I think that the event provided a peek into what may appear in the final document Read More

Why LGBT People Needed to Speak for Themselves at the Synod

At the October 19th press briefing, there was a prime example of why the synod should have included the voices of LGBT youth in their ranks.  Read More

Survey: Majority of Global Catholics Support Reconsideration of LGBT Teachings

A new global survey of Catholics published to coincide with the Synod on Youth has found a majority of respondents believe church teaching on LGBT issues should be reconsidered for the well-being of young people. Read More

What If the Term ‘LGBT’ Does Not Appear in the Synod’s Final Report?

What if the term 'LGBT' does not appear in the synod's final report as it did in the original working document known as the Instrumentum Laboris?  That was the question posed by The Tablet's Christopher Lamb to the five synod participants at the press briefing yesterday. Why was it such an important question? Read More

Confessions of a Synod Reporter

I’ve been here in Rome covering the Synod on Youth for about two weeks now. ... Read More

Press Briefing and Small Group Reports Bring Only Vague LGBT References

LGBT topics were discussed at the synod press briefing on Saturday, the same day that the third set of reports from the small group discussion groups were released which also contained some references to LGBT issues. Overall, it doesn't look like the synod has pushed the needle on LGBT issues very far. Read More

Gay Pastoral Minister Resigns Because of Fear for His Safety

The movement to expel LGBT church workers from their jobs has reached a new low, as a pastoral minister in San Diego was forced to resign from his job because of fear for his safety. Read More

Italian Archbishop Stresses Importance of LGBT Ministry

At Thursday's synod press briefing, one of the featured speakers was Archbishop Matteo Zuppi of Bologna, Italy.  As far as LGBT issues go, Zuppi is probably best known for writing the preface to Un ponte da costruire, the Italian translation of Fr. James Martin's book, Building a Bridge, about improving the relationship between LGBT people and the Catholic Church.  Continue reading to learn what he said about LGBT ministry. Read More

Question for Synod: How Can Bishops Learn to Be Listeners?

At the synod's daily press briefings,  each guest, whether bishop, cardinal, youth, nun, or priest, has unanimously declared that the synod has been a unique experience of exchanging ideas between the bishop and other "adult" delegates with the youth delegates.  I have to admit that at first I was a bit skeptical about the description of an atmosphere where everybody gets along and all are willing to share their ideas openly and also to listen in an equally open manner.   But, I've come to believe that there may be truth in these descriptions.   Read More