Vatican Official Criticizes ‘Ultraconservatives’ for Linking Gay Priests to Sexual Abuse

Two church officials have rejected the myth that there is a link between homosexuality and child abuse and criticized right wing groups that advance such falsehoods. 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

For Third Time, Austrian Cardinal Welcomes AIDS Charity to Hold Fundraiser at Cathedral

Vienna's cardinal again welcomed an AIDS charity to the city's cathedral for an arts fundraiser, one of his many LGBTQ-positive acts in recent years. Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Bishop McElroy Issues Condemnation of Judgmentalism in Church

In a recent address, San Diego's Bishop Robert McElroy sharply condemned judgementalism, particularly in the church, and warned of the damage such an attitude inflicts, particularly on the retention of young Catholics. But he stopped short of naming what is at the core of judgmentalism in the U.S. church today: LGBTQ-negative teachings and practices. Read More

Community Supports Lesbian Judge Denied Communion with Inclusive Liturgy, Letter to Bishop

Community members are making their support known for a lesbian Catholic denied Communion over her same-gender marriage, including with an inclusive liturgy and one parishioner's letter to the local bishop. Read More

Diocese Supports Priest with Pattern of Denying Communion to, Firing LGBTQ Catholics

A diocese in Michigan is backing one of its priest's decision to deny Communion to a longtime lesbian parishioner because of her same-gender marriage, part of an alleged pattern of Communion denials and LGBTQ church worker firings in the parish. Read More

Why the U.S. Bishops Can’t Have It Both Ways

If some bishops get their way to be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents, it would erode the firewall intended to prevent religious institutions from controlling government, and vice versa. Read More

Multiple Dioceses Challenge Anti-LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Protections in Adoption, Foster Care Services

Catholic dioceses in Texas and Pennsylvania are challenging anti-LGBTQ non-discrimination protections tied to government funding of adoption and foster care services, protections that the Trump administration seeks to gut at the federal level. Read More

At Fall Assembly, U.S. Bishops Vote to Double-Down on LGBTQ-Negative Agenda

The U.S. bishops begin their fall assembly today during which they are set to approve anti-transgender work as a strategic priority. They will also likely vote in an LGBTQ-negative president and choose the chair of their religious liberty committee. Read More

Irish Seminary Leaders Defy Vatican Ban, Welcome Gay Men Called to Priesthood

Leaders of Ireland's main seminary have said they would welcome gay men called to priestly ministry as long as they remained celibate, a statement contradicting the Vatican's instruction banning gay priests. Read More