Home for the Holidays?

  Though we are surrounded by images of perfect family celebrations for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is impossible to ignore the pain so many of us hold inside, as we go about our business, doing our best to maintain the positive outward appearance that the season seems to demand.  My heart goes out to those families who struggle through the holidays.  Read More

Protestors Outraged About Catholic Charities’ Decision to Discriminate Against LGBT Parents

Protests have continued against a local Catholic Charities affiliate's decision to end adoption and foster care services so it would not have to provide services to LGBT clients. Read More

Fr. James Martin to Youth Synod: Use “LGBT” Language, Affirm Lesbian/Gay Couples as Family

Reports from the Synod on Youth indicate that LGBT issues are being raised in at least two ways: whether to use the term "LGBT" in a church document and whether to refer to same-gender couples and their children as "families." Read More

Papal Advisor Calls for Church to Welcome LGBT Christians First as Baptized Christians

LGBT Christians must be welcomed fully into the church, said an Italian bishop, because what matters first is their identity as Christians who are wholly part of the baptized faithful. Read More

In France: Should Lesbian Women Have Equal Access to Fertility Treatments?

In France, a controversy has arisen as the nation's Catholic bishops have opposed legislation which would allow lesbian and single women to receive treatments to promote their fertility. Read More

Theology or Ideology? Parsing Vatican Thinking on Sex and Sexuality

Pope Francis’s theology of sex and gender complementarity has hardened into an ideology that uses a single strand strand of reflection about God to powerfully determine Catholic sacrament, canon law, and ethics.   Read More

Poll Reveals Ireland’s Catholics Want Church to Recognize Lesbian/Gay Marriages

A recent poll of Ireland’s citizens has revealed the desire for greater acceptance of same-sex marriage in the Catholic Church. Read More

What Would Cause a Catholic Pastor to Burn a Rainbow Flag?

I would like to propose that another cause be considered about why Fr. Paul Kalchik decided to burn a rainbow flag:  I think that the current climate in Catholic Church and civil society has reached such a hateful pitch that hateful displays are the logical result. Read More

Catholic Charities Employees Protest Bishop’s Decision to End Adoption Services Over LGBT Non-Discrimination

Employees at Catholic Charities in Buffalo are protesting their local bishop's decision to end the agency's adoption and foster care services over anti-LGBT non-discrimination protections, a controversy erupting just as that same bishop faces increasing calls for resignation over his handling of abusive priests. Read More

Former V.P. Joe Biden Promotes LGBT Acceptance ‘As You Are’

The Biden Foundation, a charitable organization founded by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is seeking stories from LGBTQ+ people as part of their new campaign, As You Are: A Family and Community Acceptance Campaign. In their press release, the foundation expressed the initiative as seeking to “raise awareness of the importance of family acceptance in the lives of LGBTQ young people.” Read More