EXCLUSIVE: LGBT Bar Association Director Offers Glimpse of Historic Vatican Meeting

"We implore the Holy See to take a stand against criminalizing LGBTQ+ individuals. " Read More

Fifty LGBTQ Advocates Welcomed to Vatican by High Ranking Cardinal

The Vatican's top official behind Pope Francis received a delegation of advocates working against anti-LGBTQ criminalization and conversion therapy, a meeting described by one Catholic group as a "great step forward" but which should prompt further action. Read More

Vatican Meeting with LGBT Advocates Is a “Great Step Forward,” But More Action Needed

The Vatican’s meeting on April 5, 2019 with lawyers and leaders from international LGBT human rights organizations is a great step forward for improving the relationship between LGBT people and the Catholic Church, but more urgent statements and actions are needed. Read More

“It is Better to Die of Hunger” Than to Accept Homosexuality, Says Tanzanian Cardinal

It would be better to starve to death than to accept homosexuality, said a top African church leader while asking government officials to reject foreign aid allegedly tied to LGBT rights. Read More

NEWS NOTES: Bishops Recognize TDOR; Catholics Join Anti-Criminalization Work; and More

Today's post features short news notes including the English bishops' support for Transgender Day of Remembrance, Catholic leaders involvement in anti-criminalization efforts, a petition supporting fired church worker Keith Kozak, and more. Read More

Gay Church Worker Is Victim of Repeated Hate Crimes Due to Right-Wing Catholic Campaign

A gay church worker has been the target of yet another hate crime spurred on by rightwing Catholic groups, which left him questioning whether to remain in ministry and should be a moment for church leaders to reject anti-LGBT hate unequivocally. Read More

Archbishop: Decriminalizing Homosexuality Would Cause “Dreadful Consequences”

Singapore's archbishop has released a pastoral letter strongly opposing the repeal of a law in that nation which criminalizes homosexuality, claiming at one point that such an action would have "long-term and irreversible" consequences which are "dreadful." Read More

India’s Cardinal Supported Striking Down Gay Ban Before the Court Did

Last week's wonderful news that India's Supreme Court decriminalized consensual sex between adults, in effect decriminalizing lesbian and gay relations, has rightly been received by accolades from around the globe.  The only religious leader in India who spoke out for the rights of these sexual minorities was Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay Read More

Fr. James Martin Urges Welcome and Respect for LGBT Catholics at WMF

The movement in the United States and around the world to create LGBT-friendly parishes, which has worked for decades to welcome and include marginalized and alienated people, finally came into its own this week when, at the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Jesuit Father James Martin addressed the gathering about creating inclusive Catholic communities. Read More

What Does Change in Church’s Death Penalty Teaching Mean for LGBT People?

Church teaching can change While many of us knew this before, we've just received news that is contemporary proof positive. Read More