In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis Sows Seeds of Hope for Unhoused LGBTQ Youth

Still, I believe that Francis has sown the seeds of theological renewal, which may yet bear hope for LGBTQ homeless youth. Read More

Fear and Grief: The Emotional Impact of Transition on Close Family Members

In this post, I would like to enrich Amoris Laetitia’s chapter six ‘Some pastoral perspectives’ by considering transgender binary transitions (male to female and female to male) and intimate family responses to these situations.  Read More

LGBTQ Youth as Subjects in Catholic Teaching on Families

Catholic theology is beginning to see queer youth as subjects, opening the door for necessary discussions on what they deserve and how they can thrive. Read More

Croatian Archbishop Issues Apology to Lesbian/Gay People For Catholics’ Rejection

An archbishop in Croatia has issued an apology to lesbian and gay people rejected by the church, bringing a positive voice to a highly-Catholic country where LGBTQ people are still stigmatized. Read More

Bishop Says 700+ People in Diocese Left the Church After Vatican Blessings Ban

A bishop has reported that more than 700 people left his diocese in the wake of the Vatican ban on blessing same-gender couples. Read More

The Eucharist: Gated Banquet or Public Feast?

America Magazine recently featured pieces on Communion denial from Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver and Fr. Louis Cameli. Today, theologian Cristina Traina writes about what both clerics got wrong. 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

On the Fifth Anniversary of “Amoris Laetitia,” What’s Love Got to Do with It?

On the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL), one refrain keeps coming to my mind “What’s Amor Got to Do With It?” Read More

In Not Supporting LGBTQ Marriages, the Church Preaches a Hospitality It Does Not Practice

Until the Church recognizes justice-seeking, loving, generous couples of all kinds with the sacrament that acknowledges the grace they manifest, the Church will be preaching a hospitality that it does not practice. Read More

Pope Francis’ Theology of Family and Marriage Shows His Support for Civil Unions

What springs to mind when you hear the word “family”? If it’s vulnerability, humility, fidelity, unconditional love, selflessness, mutual support and respect, teaming up with others to support the community, and a welcome to children (in particular those with special needs) and LGBTQ members—and if it comes in many shapes and sizes, including same-sex couples—you have a highly placed ally in the Roman Catholic Church: Pope Francis. Read More