On the Fifth Anniversary of “Amoris Laetitia,” What’s Love Got to Do with It?

On the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL), one refrain keeps coming to my mind “What’s Amor Got to Do With It?” Read More

Bishop Is “Ashamed” of Church, Apologizes for Vatican’s Ban on Same-Gender Blessings

Bishops in Belgium have affirmed a member of their episcopate who expressed his disagreement with the Vatican over church blessings for same-gender couples, which Rome banned on Monday. Meanwhile, in Germany, support for LGBTQ inclusion continues to grow, too. Read More

Nearly 1,000 Pastoral Ministers in Germany Commit to Blessing Same-Gender Couples

In response to the Vatican's responsum on blessing same-gender unions this week, nearly 1,000 pastoral ministers in Germany, as well as other Catholics, have signed a letter in support of such blessings. Elsewhere in the country, bishops and priests are raising objections to the ban at an increasing pace. Read More

Austrian Priests Respond to Vatican Ban on Queer Blessings with “Call to Disobedience”

A group of reform-minded Austrian priests have issued the strongest critique yet of the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender unions, published Monday by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Read More

Cardinal Cupich, Elton John, and LGBTQ Catholics Comment on Vatican’s Blessings Ban

A top U.S. cardinal, Elton John, and LGBTQ Catholics worldwide are all weighing in on the Vatican's recent ban on blessings for same-gender unions, often with negative appraisals about an action causing much harm. Read More

A Catholic Blessing for Same-Gender Couples

To help Catholics who want to bless same-sex couples, New Ways Ministry is making available the text of a blessing ceremony that all people--lay, vowed, ordained--can use.  Read More

Top German Bishop “Not Happy” with Vatican Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples

A top German bishop has expressed his disappointed with the Vatican's recent statement banning the blessing of same-gender unions, suggesting the question is not settled. Read More

Catholic Parishes Are Already Supporting and Celebrating Same-Gender Couples

For many years, Catholic parishes have already been supporting and celebrating same-sex couples. Read More

New Ways Ministry Calls Vatican’s Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples An Impotent Decision

This decision though is an impotent one because it won’t stop the movement to bless such couples, and, in fact, it will actually encourage Catholics in the pews and the many Catholic leaders who are eager for such blessings to happen to work harder in their support—and blessing—of same-sex couples. Read More

Catholics Nationwide Reject Lansing Diocese’s New Transgender-Negative Policy

The Diocese of Lansing's new policy on gender identity continues to generate strong opposition from community members, as well as national faith-based organizations. Read More