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

Let’s Have Gay and Lesbian Couples Lead Catholic Pre-Cana Programs

Catholic same-sex partners might be the ideal leaders of the US Catholic Church’s Pre-Cana programs for straight engaged couples. Why so? Read More

German Bishops Affirm Homosexuality as “Normal,” Acknowledge Queer Relationships as “Hot Topic”

After sponsoring a consultation on human sexuality, Germany's bishops issued a statement in which they said church teaching against same-gender sexual activity was a "hot topic" and affirmed homosexuality as a "normal" part of human development. Read More

Priest Celebrates Lesbian Couple’s “Liturgy of Thanksgiving” with Diocesan Support

A priest in Austria celebrated a "liturgy of thanksgiving" for a same-gender, civilly-married couple, an act that the priest's diocese has acknowledged positively. Read More

Cardinal Cupich Says Church Should Learn From Families. We Hope It Will Learn From ALL Families

"Our ministerial approach should begin with the understanding that families are not problems to solve. Rather, they are opportunities for the church to discern with the aid of the Spirit how God is active in our time and what God is calling us to do here and now." Read More