‘Catholic Alt-Right’ Groups Go On Offensive Against LGBT Issues

Though the majority of American Catholics are in favor of LGTBQ+ inclusion in the church, a vocal minority of conservative groups continue to spread harmful rhetoric and practices of exclusion. 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

Catholic Bishops’ Transgender Tweet Causes Controversy

LGBT issues have become such a flashpoint in our church that even a call for prayers can invoke controversy. Read More

In Vatican Reversal, Gay-Positive Priest Granted Permission to Lead German University

A German priest has been granted Vatican permission to assume a university leadership to which he was elected earlier this year after, permission which first had been withheld over the priest's views on homosexuality and women. Read More

“Here is the Church. . . “: Reflecting on a Conference About Lesbian Nuns

Here is the church, here is the steeple. . . . .Some lessons learned and insights gained at a conference about lesbian nuns. Read More

Fr. James Martin Responds to Critics’ Charge of Atheism and Doctrinal Rejection

Fr. James Martin, SJ, has offered a "friendly response" to two bishops who recently criticized LGBT ministry as rejecting church doctrine and promoting atheism. Read More

Archbishop: LGBT Teachers Should Stay Quiet about Relationships, Keep Distance from Schools

An archbishop in Australia suggested during government testimony that LGBT church workers should keep their relationships relatively private and live a distance from their place of employment if they wish to keep their jobs. 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

Conservative Resistance to Pope Francis Gels Around LGBT Issues

A conservative resistance has been growing in the church since Pope Francis was elected in 2013, with many of the harshest criticisms reserved for the ways he has slowly begun to change the church’s conversation around LGBTQ+ acceptance.  Read More

Homophobia Flares at U.S. Bishops’ Meeting, Targeting Gay Priests and Fr. James Martin

Statements from church officials and protestors alike targeted gay priests and Fr. James Martin, SJ, during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' assembly in Baltimore this week. These statements are but some of several signs that the U.S. episcopate still strongly resists Pope Francis' efforts at church reform. Read More