Activists in Bahamas, South Africa, Poland, Elsewhere Laud Pope’s Civil Union Support

For many commentators, Pope Francis' recent comments reiterating his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples were not far enough. Less heard, but quite relevant, are voices who note that Francis simply speaking of LGBTQ people positively makes a tremendous impact in areas where LGBTQ people remain very much at risk. Read More

Catholic Campus Supports Lesbian Theologian Targeted by Anti-Gay Demonstrator

A Catholic university has supported the lesbian theology professor who was targeted by a local resident calling for the professor's firing. The incident has led to a wider discussion about justice and inclusion in the institutional church. Read More

Elton John, “Two Popes” Actor, Global Activists, and More Respond to Pope’s Civil Union Support

Responses to Pope Francis' support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples have continued to be posted online through media interviews, social media posts, and statements. Read More

Same-Sex Catholic Couples and the Common Good: Do We Belong?

By affirming that gay and lesbian people have a right to be included in the family, while at the same time affirming the possibility of legal recognition for same-sex couples, Pope Francis has opened space for thinking of us and our relationships at the very center of the family and the common good. Read More

In Review, Catholic Magazine Lauds “Schitt’s Creek’s” Positive Portrayal of Queer Love

America magazine’s review of the television show “Schitt’s Creek” notably included a glowing discussion of the show’s positive portrayal of queer relationships. Read More

In Civil Unions Support, Pope Francis Avoids Judgement Many Seek, Leaves Catholics to Discern

Journalist and papal biographer Austin Ivereigh has offered his opinion about how to interpret Pope Francis' remarks supportive of same-gender civil unions, namely that the pope has once again refrained from judging and left the faithful to discern how to proceed. Read More

Testimony of Catholic Mother of Gay Son Vs. Priest’s Anti-Gay Essay

In Malta, the head of a group for Catholic parents of LGBTQ children has written an op-ed just days after a priest wrote an anti-gay piece that attracted intense criticism. Read More

Theologian Suggests Papal Civil Union Support May Lead to Church Blessings

A theologian has suggested that after Pope Francis endorsed civil unions, the church cannot deny any longer blessings to same-gender couples. Meanwhile, some bishops, episcopal conferences, and priests continue taking a more negative approach. Read More

Does Pope Francis’ Civil Union Support “Ring Hollow” or Is It a “Significant Step”?

Commentaries on Pope Francis' remarks last month that reiterated his support for same-gender civil unions have continued to be published. Today's post features a handful of them with links provided for further reading. Read More

Archbishop Responding to Pope’s Civil Union Support: It Begins with the Human Person

A U.S. archbishop has responded to the pope's support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples in a more positive way, suggesting Francis' approach begins with the human person, not church teaching. But not all church leaders have responded similarly. Read More