Revisiting Vatican’s LGBTQ-Negative Gender Document on First Anniversary of Its Publication

One year ago today, the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education published a document on gender that was roundly criticized by LGBTQ advocates for its negative approach. Today's post on the anniversary features a perspective from the intersection of faith and science. Read More

Fr. James Alison Writes on Being a Gay Priest, Fighting Institutional Homophobia

In a recent Commonweal article, Fr. James Alison uses the metaphor of sheep, shepherds, and wolves to explain how he works to address the problem of institutionalized homophobia in the church, as well as to recall his own personal experiences as a gay priest and his support of other LGBTQ Catholics. Read More

As Pride Commences, LGBTQ Catholic Advocates Demand the Church Say “Black Lives Matter”

Two noted Catholic LGBTQ advocates have written about this moment in history and its connections to white supremacy in the United States. Today's post features excerpts from these authors' words about how Catholics can and should respond to the urgent demand that police and state violence stop killing black people. Read More

Detroit Archdiocese Bans Group Formed to Support Families of LGBTQ Catholics

An auxiliary bishop in Detroit has told a parish group formed to support families of LGBTQ Catholics that they could not meet or hold events on church property, including the local church which had housed them for decades. Read More

Archbishop Zuppi: Church Must See Lesbian/Gay People as God Sees Them

In a new book, an Italian cardinal offered his perspective on Pope Francis’ approach to homosexuality and the Catholic Church. Read More

Archdiocese of Salzburg Publishes New Book on Church Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

Austria’s Archdiocese of Salzburg has published a new book which explores the blessings of same-gender unions, an important step towards formal recognition of LGBTQ+ relationships in a country where marriage equality was instituted in 2019.  Read More

Rector of U.S.’ First Cathedral Calls Drag Story Time “Evil”; Ruth Hunt Joins House of Lords; And More News

Today's post features news briefs on one Catholic priest's harmful comments about drag story hours, a Catholic lesbian's appointment to the U.K.'s House of Lords, and the legacy of LGBTQ advocate Wendell Rodricks, who recently passed away. Read More

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton Issues Support for Dignity/Detroit After Sanctions

Bishop Gumbleton, a longtime advocate for LGBTQ equality and other social justice causes, has spoken up to support Dignity/Detroit, a local organization of LGBTQI Catholics and their supporters, after the Archdiocese of Detroit issued sanctions against the group. Read More

Jamie Manson: Lesbian Couple’s Love on Netflix Is “Sacramental in Every Sense”

National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie Manson reflected on the tension between the timing of "A Secret Love," the Netflix documentary that affirms queer partnerships, and the Catholic Church's exclusion of queer people in the workplace and in marriage. Read More

Pope’s Almoner: Support for Transgender Sex Workers is “Ordinary Work for the Church”

Praise is being heaped upon Pope Francis for his support earlier this month of transgender women who have suffered economically because of the coronavirus pandemic, while the pope's personal almoner has said such support is "ordinary work for the Church." Read More