Philadelphia Archdiocese Sponsored Workshop By “Ex-Gay” Therapy Proponents

Conversion therapy proponents have been welcomed to present in another U.S. diocese, deepening ties between the nation's bishops and fringe LGBTQ-negative organizations out of step with church teaching. Read More

A Critique of Archbishop Chaput’s Charges Against Fr. James Martin

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia penned a critique of Jesuit Father James Martin’s pastoral outreach to LGBT people. Unfortunately, Archbishop Chaput is wrong in almost all of his assertions. Read More

Fr. James Martin Responds to Philadelphia Archbishop’s Criticism of LGBTQ Talk

Fr. James Martin, SJ, has issued a response to a recent column by Philadelphia's outgoing archbishop that criticized Martin for alleged ambiguities in his LGBTQ ministry. Read More

Diocesan Survey Finds 86% of Catholics Seek Change in Church Teaching on Homosexuality

Listening sessions in an Irish diocese have found an overwhelmingly majority of Catholics there supporting changing the church's teachings on homosexuality, a finding that is "signs of life" according to one former priest and could enable a new future for the church. Read More

Largest Swiss Diocese Endorses Civil Marriage Equality, Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

A diocese in Switzerland has endorsed civil marriage equality and religious blessings for same-gender couples, the latest step in the German-speaking church's ongoing progress towards LGBTQ equality. Read More

Beyond Male and Female in the Work/Home Balance Equation

Here at New Ways Ministry, we frequently point out that LGBTQ people offer great gifts to our institutional church.  I was recently reminded that LGBTQ people also offer gifts to another kind of "church" beyond the institutional:  the domestic church, meaning the family home. Read More

Catholic School Admits It Withdrew Contract Over Teacher’s Same-Gender Engagement

A Catholic school that withdrew a new teacher's contract has acknowledged it did so because of the teacher's same-gender engagement, a move the local diocese has said was the "right decision." Read More

German Bishop Reaffirms His Request for Church Blessings and Civil Partnerships for Same-Gender Couples

A German bishop has reiterated his support blessing same-gender couples and the need for civil recognition of such relationships, too, saying the hierarchy must reconsider its teachings on homosexuality in light of contemporary science. Read More

Top Swiss Church Official Endorses Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

A top lay official in Switzerland has endorsed blessings for same-gender couples and said that while local Catholic Church there has not issued an official statement on civil marriage equality, it does not oppose such legislation. Read More

NEWS NOTES: U.S. Bishops Appoint New Religious Liberty Chair; Hungarians Support Anti-LGBTQ Polish Bishop; And More

Today's post includes an update on the U.S. bishops' new religious liberty chair, support an embattled Polish bishop has received from colleagues in Hungary, and a legal dispute developing between two Catholic parents and their lesbian daughter. Read More