CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: Responding to the Murder of Matthew Shepard

The United States and the world were stunned and horrified 19 years ago when the battered and tortured body of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was found tied to a prairie fence outside Laramie.   Read More

Archbishop Expresses Support for Priest Who Came Out as Gay

A Wisconsin archbishop has expressed support for a priest in his archdiocese who came out as gay this past weekend. Read More

New Ways Ministry Responds to Interfaith Statement Denying Transgender Experience

A negative statement on gender identity from 20 U.S. religious leaders shows the continued ignorance of gender awareness that exists among people who shape church teaching and policy.  Read More

South African Archbishop Says Church “Should Be Home for Gay People”

A South African bishop offered welcoming words to lesbian and gay people in a recent interview, saying the Church "should be home for gay people." Read More

Bishop Calls Nativity Scene with Two St. Joseph’s an “Attack on Christian Faith”

A bishop has criticized a Nativity scene which features two Joseph figures while omitting Mary, calling it "sacrilege" and an "attack on the Christian Faith." Read More

Austrian Cardinal Leads World AIDS Day Memorial, Provides Example to Follow

A cardinal in Austria led a memorial service for World AIDS Day at his archdiocesan cathedral, the first such event there which will hopefully be replicated elsewhere in future years. Read More

Archbishop Claims the Result of Australia’s Marriage Equality Survey Are Wrong

Despite majority support for marriage equality, an Australian bishop is claiming the results of the nation's recent postal survey are not correct and that Australians actually oppose marriage equality. But rather than re-hash the vote, many Australians are looking to move forward as the nation's legislators advance a potential law. Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: Bishop Gumbleton’s Tour of LGBT Listening Sessions

When the history of LGBT issues in the Catholic Church gets written, a large chapter (or maybe several) will have to be devoted to Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, now a retired auxiliary bishop in Detroit, Michigan.   Read More

Bishops’ Support Grows for Fr. James Martin and “Building a Bridge”

As the conversation around Fr. James Martin’s most recent book Building a Bridge continues, more voices have spoken in affirmation of Martin and his call for dialogue between the Church and the LGBT community. Read More

Repudiating Pope Francis, U.S. Bishops Vote to Create Marriage and Family Document

Meeting earlier this week, U.S. bishops voted to develop a document on marriage and family in a delayed response to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. But overall, on this document and in other ways, the meeting was largely a continued rejection of the pope's vision. Read More