New Books from Pope Francis, Benedict XVI Highlight Contrast on Homosexuality

Statements about gay people appear in two new books, one by Pope Francis and one by Benedict XVI, the deceased pope emeritus, predictably falling along the positive and negative approaches expected of each prelate. Read More

Pope Francis Denounces Criminalization Laws, Saying “Being Homosexual Is Not a Crime”

Pope Francis has denounced laws that criminalize LGBTQ+ people, saying "being homosexual is not a crime" and that bishops needed to undergo "a process of conversion" to be more affirming. Read More

LGBTQ+ Advocates Split Over Protest of Memorial Mass for Cardinal George Pell

LGBTQ+ equality supporters are planning to protest a liturgy for Australian Cardinal George Pell, who died earlier this month, but a Catholic LGBTQ+ advocate questions if this is a proper response. Read More

German Diocese Issues Remarkably LGBTQ-Positive Guidelines for Sex Education

A German diocese has released new guidelines on sex education that are remarkably LGBTQ-positive, including an appreciation of diverse sexual identities and an opening blessing same-gender couples. Read More

Hundreds of Catholic Parents Write to French Bishops Asking for LGBTQ+ Dialogue

In France, an organization of Catholic parents with LGBTQ+ children has opened a dialogue with the French bishops conference (CEF), asking for greater acceptance of LGBTQ+ people. Read More

“The Atmosphere Has Changed”: Belgium’s Bishops Discuss Queer Blessings at Vatican

In a few months, as the world marks the tenth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, there are certain to be many commentaries about what has and has not changed in the church this pontificate. For LGBTQ+ advocates, however, an indication of just how much progress has been attained happened late last year—and offers a prompt to keep pursuing equality in 2023. Read More

Liechtenstein’s Archbishop Cancels Mass for Parliament Over Marriage Equality Proposal

A critic has described the decision of Liechtenstein's archbishop to cancel a Mass for the country's parliament over marriage equality as "spiritual blackmail." Read More

Monastery Investigating Priest for Giving Anti-LGBTQ+ Christmas Homily

A monastery in Germany has begun investigating one of its members over an anti-LGBTQ+ homily delivered in December, while the local bishop offered his own condemnation of the priest's remarks. Read More

Iowa Diocese’s New Gender Policy Refers to Transgender Healthcare as “Mutilation”

An Iowa diocese is being criticized after its new gender policy was leaked last week, which refers to gender-affirming healthcare as "mutilation" and bans such treatments on church property. Read More

Sr. Jeannine Gramick Writes About Providential Encounter with Benedict XVI

As Benedict XVI was laid to rest this week, Sr. Jeannine Gramick again recounted her chance encounter with the former pope, then serving as a top Curia official overseeing an investigation against her ministry. Read More